With a belch, Kezia will quit life in politics
WE needn’t worry about Kezia Dugdale suffering in I’m A Celebrity. As someone reared in an environment where talking b******* is your day-to-day bread and butter, chewing on a few — the kangaroo kind — will be the proverbial piece of you know what.
Yes, we love to hate politicians. And, just when you thought respect for elected representatives couldn’t sink lower, we’ve the prospect of Dugdale, ex-Scottish Labour leader and current MSP for Lothian, having creepy crawlies wriggling all over her while she tucks into koala excreta.
At least we can’t accuse Dugdale of chasing the money; it’s reported that her fat fee will go to charity. But why would she, recently a major player in the Scottish political scene, shed her credibility in a TV panto?
It’s risky for politicians on reality shows. For every Ed Balls on Strictly there’s a meowing George Galloway on Celebrity Big Brother. And while Dugdale has her own agenda — show the kids politicians are just like us, a spirited debate about Brexit and/or Scottish independence over the campfire, etc — it’s unlikely that’s going to tally with what the I’m A Celeb team have mapped out for her.
Yes, tell us about being a cross-party lesbian Kezia. Were you outed against your will? What’s the pillow talk with your SNP squeeze Jenny Gilruth? If she clams up, her airtime will be zilch.
At least Dugdale’s presence on I’m A Celeb means there’ll be someone to stand up to Stanley Johnson bigging up Boris. But you suspect she knows that her political career is over and she wants to go out with a belch.
Sell your soul to reality TV and there’s no way back — like Ed Balls, a career as a comedy panel show muppet inevitably awaits.
Author: Keith Watson