I have absolutely no words other than this is perhaps the strangest, most eerie, and most awkward thing I have ever, ever seen. Michael Gove. In a garden. Talking about Game of Thrones. What the fuck?
From the minute you press play you’ll be sent tumbling down into a dark and surreal landscape which is much more like an all too real video of a melting purgatory than one featuring the potential next Prime Minister.
As presenter, James Delingpole, who is stood eerily too far away from the camera, gets ready to show us a ‘shimmery cobweb’ he notices somebody in his massive garden.
Pointing, he yells: ‘Who’s that person in my garden?’ – ‘I’m the government chief whip’ roars Gove in reply, as he strolls like a confused and purposeless ghost through the garden.
James then proceeds to ask ‘the government chief whip’ a ‘searching question’:
Tell me your favourite scene, Mr Gove, from Game of Thrones.
Gove, who moves his arms from a crossed position down to his side in a far too quick succession – shattering the world record – replies in the most politician-esque way possible – by completely ignoring the question and going on a passionate tirade about his favourite character, Tyrion Lannister.
My favourite character from Game of Thrones is undoubtedly Tyrion Lannister and the moment I love most is when he leads what’s apparently a hopeless charge of his troops in defence of Kings Landing against the forces of Stannis Baratheon.
You see there that this misshapen dwarf, reviled throughout his life, thought in the eyes of some to be a toxic figure, can at last rally a small band of loyal followers. And at the last moment he suddenly hears the noise of the relief column coming.
It is his father, a father with whom he has the most complicated of relationships, who then comes at the head of a relief army in order to defeat the Baratheon forces. At that point I am reminded of the words of Winston Churchill: ‘Never, never, never surrender’.
So there you have it. I hope you all find this as terrifying and hilarious as I do.
Now for old time’s sake, lets just admire the most awkward arm cross to hands in pocket manoeuvre of all time once more.
The potential next Prime Minister of the UK, ladies and gents…
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.