Cabinet must be brilliant because it's diverse, left-wingers agree

LIZ Truss’ multi-ethnic and representative cabinet will surely be a force for good because it is diverse, left-wingers have agreed.

The prime minister’s decision to appoint women and people of colour to top jobs in the cabinet has been welcomed by progressive liberal types, even though they are ideologically opposed to everything those specific politicians stand for.

Social justice warrior Lucy Parry said: “The Tories are inherently evil but I hate the patriarchy even more, so on this occasion I think the government has made the right call. Bravo, Liz.

“I haven’t got a clue what Kwasi Kwarteng’s economic policy looks like, and Suella Braverman has repeatedly voted against gay rights, but I can overlook all that because they’re not straight, white and cis.”

24-year-old Labour voter Joshua Hudson said: “Maybe it’s true that you get more right-wing with age. When I saw the diverse cabinet that will continue to run this country into the ground my heart swelled with patriotic joy.

“I’m left with no choice but to switch allegiance and become a paid up Tory member. All the Labour party has is a female, working-class deputy, which frankly doesn’t cut it anymore.”

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I have totally smashed back-to-school, by an unbearably smug mum

THE start of the school year is a competition and I am winning. Follow my example but do not expect to live up to it:

School uniform

I wouldn’t dream of sending my darling children to school in the perfectly adequate uniform they wore before the holidays. I burnt those vile rags weeks ago. Instead they’re sporting brand new M&S teamed with all the proper logos. We cancelled this year’s family holiday because it clashed with uniform availability dates.

The pencil case

It sickens my daughter that not everyone is following school policy, which clearly dictates every child should have a labelled, transparent plastic pencil case containing plain rulers and pens. Luckily I had these rules saved as a PDF which I promptly shared on the parent’s WhatsApp group. Anyone who does not comply within a week will be removed from the school run lift share.

Secondary school open evenings

My little treasures won’t be moving to secondary school for three years, but I’ve already reserved their place on the Year Six-only open evenings. It was easily done. All I had to do was unearth compromising material about the headteacher’s academy kickbacks then blackmail her. If other mums cared about their kids’ future, they’d do the same.

The back-to-school photo

My back-to-school photos are the benchmark against which all others are measured. Look at the angelic faces of my children, their immaculate uniforms and the massive, well-maintained garden providing a lavish backdrop. Triple-figure Facebook likes, guaranteed. A mawkish comment about how they’re growing up so fast is the finishing touch.

Meeting the teacher

The date’s been in my diary since June. Meeting the kid’s new teacher, judging their appearance and drilling down into their lesson plan is crucial. My feedback that maths lessons should be moved to the start of the day when the children are more alert will be appreciated. I read it on Mumsnet so it must be true.