Who can tell me “which three nations have produced more than 100 tech unicorns?” said the Prime Minister.
“America, China and us.”
“Correct.” The answer was too quick. Boris was hoping it would buy him enough time to work out what page he was on.
The Prime Minister put the speech aside. Time to wing it. This is why the Tories chose him. This is what he was born to do – turn base metals into gold, turn disaster into Shakespeare. Time to roll the dice.
“Hands up who’s been to Peppa Pig World?”
A few hands. “Not enough. I was hazy about what I’d find at Peppa Pig World, but I loved it. [It’s] my kind of place. It has very safe streets. Discipline in schools… But the real lesson for me – I’m surprised you haven’t been there – is the power of UK creativity. Who would’ve believed that a pig that looks like a hairdryer… would now be exported to 180 countries, with theme parks in America and China and the New Forest?… No civil servant would conceivably have come up with Peppa.”