Ann Widdecombe: “I’m truculent, I’m succulent, I am a star”

With Ann Widdecombe’s adoption as a candidate for the European Parliament by the Brexit party, it seems timely to give another outing for this wonderful sketch by Victoria Wood from her Christmas 2000 one-off “Victoria Wood and all the trimmings”. This was well before Ann Widdecombe left politics for a career in celebrity television, most notably sweeping the floor (literally) on Strictly Come Dancing. So this was quite a prophetic work, and a piece of typically gentle genius by the much-missed Victoria Wood.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • I feel a deal of disquiet about things that make AW appear to be a loveable dancing granny, rather than the horrendous illiberal right winger she is.

    But you’re right, it’s a good sketch.

  • Jennie 28th Apr ’19 – 1:29pm………………I feel a deal of disquiet about things that make AW appear to be a loveable dancing granny, rather than the horrendous illiberal right winger she is………………..

    Like Rees-Mogg she’s an old testament Christian; a Christian with Jesus’s ‘love’ bit taken out

  • John Marriott 28th Apr '19 - 2:46pm

    And “something of the night” about her too. Anton Du Beck (?) deserves a medal for not dropping her on ‘Strickly’. On second thoughts……….

  • She’s one hell of an asset for the Brexit party – most people just seem to like her. There are very few politicians that are actually popular with the voters these days.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 29th Apr '19 - 2:55am

    Very good contributions from Jennie and expats.

    She is probably a nice person in person. She is undoubtedly an odd eccentric on television.

    With great respect to the late great Victoria above, Ann W seems to be best thought of as a persona of a distant time exemplified by another great performer, she is a bit like a Margaret Rutherford with ghastly elements added , mentioned by Jennie, and without any of the lovable qualities alluded to by expats.

    That however does not deny she is honest, principled, but also, rude , grumpy.

    She is a star though!!!!!!

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