John Downing: ‘As the clock ticks down to unpredictable endgame, Brexit bluster looks likely to break rhetoric-o-meter’

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John Downing: ‘As the clock ticks down to unpredictable endgame, Brexit bluster looks likely to break rhetoric-o-meter’


Mrs May does not want Northern Ireland diverging from Britain. So, her proposal is that the whole of the UK stays aligned with the EU - in a customs union - until that long-term EU-UK deal is done. Stock photo: PA Wire/PA Images
Mrs May does not want Northern Ireland diverging from Britain. So, her proposal is that the whole of the UK stays aligned with the EU – in a customs union – until that long-term EU-UK deal is done. Stock photo: PA Wire/PA Images

The posh phrase for the machine was the “audience reaction indicator”. It dated from an age of single-channel television innocence when a superbly awful man called Hughie Green fronted a talent show called ‘Opportunity Knocks’.

The epically ghastly Mr Green used to often remind viewers that “the clap-o-meter was only for fun”. He was referring to an impressive-looking big wooden box, which supposedly measured the level of studio audience applause for the novice entertainers who hoped their television debut would lead to showbiz stardom.

The fate of those would-be stars was in fact decided by a postal vote from what the redoubtable Hughie always termed “you, the viewers at home”.

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