ERIC Pickles has admitted his memory only goes back a fraction of a minute.
After denying criticising the Environment Agency hours after having done so, the Communities minister said his affliction began after being struck on the head by a crate of Memento DVDs.
Pickles said: “My life is a constant cycle of asking ‘what idiot said that’? and then wondering why everyone is staring at their feet looking embarrassed.”
His appointment has caused the creation of a new government post, Chief Reminder To The Minister, whose job is to walk behind him shouting “You are Eric Pickles and you work here”.
Memory problems have plagued the coalition cabinet, with Nick Clegg unable to retain any information once it’s placed in a manifesto and Michael Gove’s recollection of his school days being replaced by the 1939 film Goodbye Mr Chips.