Amid all the sturm und drang in Westminster recently there was an exquisite moment of light relief that, at least momentarily, lifted my spirits and went some way to restoring my dwindling faith in the mother of parliaments.

You may have seen it: Anna ‘Sound and Fury’ Soubry, rose from her bench to make one of her pronouncements. And, for maximum impact, and to catch the attention of the TV news I suspect, she had decided to slip a ‘humorous’ little sound bite into her contribution. In that trademark headmisstressy tone of hers that gives new meaning to the word hectoring she insisted that the view of the people of Britain on Brexit had changed, and, ‘as I know it’s nearly the panto season’, she had a message for those who said it hadn’t.