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Diary: Ice cream, EU scream, we all scream for Jacob Rees-Mogg

Theresa May made the news this week when she jovially responded to a Twitter question asking whether she had ever seen the hit reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. (She hasn’t. Not really a huge surprise.)

But while the prime minister may not have looked up from her Brexit catastrophe for even the merest of moments to catch a contestant lip-syncing for their life, fellow politician and Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg did find the time to try out something new.

Perhaps it was a feeling that the impending cliff edge might leave him in need of a new vocation, it’s hard to say, but in an unexpected move Rees-Mogg tried a stint as a theatre ice-cream seller.

During a recent appearance at the London Palladium [1], where he was headlining a one-night-only event (just like your traditional Palladium variety night, but with more pinstripes and less fun), the Moggster took to the aisles during the interval to sell tubs of ice cream, bringing in £480 in only 20 minutes.

This might sound impressive, but since West End prices are so exorbitant, by Tabard’s very rough calculation Rees-Mogg could have made that much by selling just nine tubs.

Anyway, according to those in attendance, his sweet success got him thinking that if the UK did leave the EU this month just as he’s always wanted, he might even consider packing in politics to get into the ice-cream trade full time. Silver linings, eh?

tabard@thestage.co.uk [2]

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