THE audience from BBC1’s Question Time was marching on London last night, parading the severed head of housing minister Margaret Beckett on a pike, like some kind of ghoulish mascot.
Amid growing signs that things might be about to kick off, the audience spilled out of the Grimsby Institute at 11.20pm and immediately headed for Market Rasen via the A46.
They then carried on for about 15 miles before taking the Lincoln bypass and finally joining up with the A1 just south of Newark.
Earlier they had stormed the stage, grabbing presenter David Dimbleby and locking him in the ladies’ toilet before beheading Mrs Beckett and firing senior Tory MP Teresa May through a stained glass window using a makeshift catapult.
Their fellow panellist, the former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell, has been stripped naked and is being transported to London in a tiny cage made from bamboo.
As of 8am this morning the Question Time audience had stopped at a service station near Biggleswade for refreshments, a toilet break and a chance to wipe some of the gunk from Mrs Beckett’s head.
The audience is being led by Grimsby loud-mouth Roy Hobbs, mainly because it’s his pike.
Mr Hobbs said: “I went to the trouble of bringing a pike to Question Time so I think it’s only fair. And obviously when we get to London they are going to want to talk to whoever’s carrying the severed head.”