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Diary: Dugher has done one

Michael Dugher. Photo: Anthony Mckeown Michael Dugher. Photo: Anthony Mckeown
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Michael Dugher. He’s posed something of a problem at The Stage offices of late. Or at least his name has. Is it Dugher pronounced Do-er? Or is it Dugher pronounced Dug-er? The Stage is never quite sure.

It seems the arts sector doesn’t need to worry too much anymore, however, as the shadow culture secretary was been unceremoniously sacked from the shadow cabinet by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Not the nicest way to start the year, is it?

Dugher didn’t think so. He took to Twitter to tell everyone what had happened, stating: “Just been sacked by Jeremy Corbyn. I wished him a happy new year.”

To which some wag replied: “You forgot to change your bio”, referencing the fact the politician’s description still mentioned his, by then, old job title. Still, credit to Dugher, who wasted no time in putting that to rights. Soon his bio read: “Sacked by Jeremy Corbyn for too much straight talking, honest politics.” Ouch. Tabard doesn’t think Corbyn’s going to be on the Dugher family’s christmas card list this year.

So now the arts world has to get to know another shadow culture secretary. And who is it this time? None other than Maria Eagle, the fourth Labour MP to have the role in less than eight months. Still, at least we all know how to pronounce her name.

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