Sometimes it feels trite to compare everything in British politics to satire show The Thick of It and then you have the Tory leadership contest and actually, it just feels appropriate.
Over the last few weeks, before today when Liz Truss won the contest and became the next PM, she and the runner-up Rishi Sunak ran about courting the vote of members of the Conservative Party.
While doing so, they've got themselves in some sticky situations indeed and watching them fumble has been a nice antidote to the despair we feel as we look on, powerless, as the 0.3 per cent of the public that are members of the party chose the next British leader for the other 97.7 per cent of us.
So enough crying, and more looking on the bright side - here are the most cringey moments from the contest:
1. Truss struggles to leave a room
Things got off to an awkward start for Truss when she got lost leaving her own leadership launch in July.
She looked confused as her eyes darted around for the exit, she wandered off in the wrong direction, and she had to be led out arm-in-arm by a member of her team.
How very prime ministerial...
2. Children give Truss a grilling
Next the foreign secretary came up against some other harsh critics - children - when she visited a school in Peterborough for photo opportunities.
One child declared: “This is so awkward,” as she tried to chat with them, and another said that “they hate" Boris Johnson. Relatable...
“Have they kicked him out yet?” another child asked, before saying: “Do me a favour, when you become prime minister – evict him.”
\u201cConservative leadership candidate Liz Truss met with children in Peterborough, who told her the meeting was 'awkward' and asked why Boris Johnson hadn't been 'kicked out yet'.\n\nLatest politics: https://t.co/TIMFYJviWO\u201d
The Mirror's Mikey Smith posted a photo of the package on Twitter, revealing Sunak had gifted him a single finger twix, a small can of Sprite and some factor 30 sunscreen which says: "Ready for Rishi, ready for sunshine" on it, as well as: "Guaranteed protection against Labour".
The pack even came with a note signed by Sunak which says: "Looking forward to seeing you out on the road. Just a little something to make sure you protect yourself in this hot weather. After all, we wouldn't want anyone going red."
\u201cTeam Rishi brought the lobby a little care package for the road. Can of pop, finger of twix and branded factor 30.\u201d
During a Spectator TV interview, Sunak was asked if he'd be spending a lot of time in Scotland in order to build a better United Kingdom as prime minister.
"I think people can already see that I take that seriously...I was the chancellor who set up an economic campus for the government and the treasury in Darlington," he responded.
Darlington, of course, is a town in county Durham, in other words - England. In other words, not Scotland. You get the point, shame Sunak doesn't though.
7. Sunak appears in front of an awkward typo
While taking part in a Zoom husting early in the contest, run by ConservativeHome, Suank sat in front of a poster begging people to join his campaign. All fine except the spelling of campaign was completely wrong, as you can see below:
\u201cRishi Sunak's closing statement boasting of his own "competence" and "seriousness" would have been more effective were he not sitting in front of a sign which misspells the word 'campaign'.\u201d
Ironically, he was talking about his biggest weakness at the time and he spoke about perfectionism and his attention to detail.
“Part of what I’ve had to do over the time, I’m constantly working at, is getting that balance right between across the detail and understanding every aspect of something, and then realising I know as much or I have done as much as I need to on that and my time is better spent elsewhere," he said.
8. Sunak speaks Welsh in leadership husting
Showing he is a man of every region in the UK, Sunak address Welsh members in a husting in Cardiff in the native language.
"Noswaith dda Welsh conservatives", he said, meaning "good evening Welsh Conservatives", before looking incredibly proud and saying "yep".
He sparked David Brent comparisons and it just goes to show - this contest is as much The Office as it is The Thick of It.
Doesn't it make you feel proud to be British?
9. Truss supporters spell out "LT" at hustings
At the final hustings in London, Truss's fans sat in the stands in a specific way so as to spell out her initials. Everyone present got an ick so profound, they are still recovering to this day.
\u201cTeam Liz has formed a giant \u2018LT\u2019 behind the stage in white t-shirts reading \u201cLT=Low Tax\u201d\u201d