The chancellor didn’t skewer the PM with the reckless abandon of his predecessor, but he was equally devastating
Philip Hammond blinked uneasily. He doesn’t cope well with daylight at the best of times, and certainly not after a prolonged period of darkness. But with the empathy update of the Maybot still experiencing teething problems – her handlers are still trying to work out if she was decommissioned entirely – someone from the Conservative front bench had to be sent out on to the Sunday morning politics shows and the chancellor had been first in line to volunteer. It soon became clear why.
Both Andrew Marr and Robert Peston appeared almost as surprised to see the chancellor as he was to see them. These were the interviews that none of them had expected just 10 days ago. The exit poll must have been a bittersweet moment, Marr observed.