Theresa May’s week from hell and the pitiful state of British politics have been brutally mocked by the American comedy show Saturday Night Live.
The prime minister survived a Tory bid to topple her and made headlines across the globe when a big Commons Brexit vote was shelved because her deal faced near-universal opposition in parliament.
And the NBC sketch showed no mercy in ridiculing the PM’s woes this festive season, with it showing even Lord Voldemort refusing to be associated with her for fear of “bad PR”.
But the most cutting jokes were reserved for May’s predecessor, David Cameron, who was depicted by actor Matt Damon and branded “such a knob”.
The PM was shown opening the ‘Happy Christmas, Britain’ segment doing her famous robotic dance to red flashing lights and four policemen in the backdrop desperately feigning festive joy.
Enter Damon as a rather tanned Cameron, who boasts how he has been to the Maldives.
″You know what’s funny?,” he asks. “People hate me but they really hate you, even though I did Brexit. You’ve got to laugh.”
An awkward May then mistakes Elton John’s Your Song for a number by Queen before she is handed a copy of Jane Austen’s Sense And Sensibility hollowed out and filled with faeces as a Christmas present.
“Lucky me,” says May, staring into the camera.
And if that weren’t enough humiliation for the PM to endure at her Christmas bash, she and Cameron are then joined by He Who Shall Not Be Named: Harry Potter’s arch nemesis Lord Voldemort.
May turns to the evil wizard and: “I feel like we just get each other y’know.”
“Oh I’m sorry, if you could maybe not lump us together, I wouldn’t want that to be the pull quote from this interview,” he replies.
The PM said it was not her intention to bring Voldemort “bad PR”.
The show aired on what has indeed been a truly terrible week for the British prime minister.
And after pulling the so-called meaningful vote on her Brexit deal in the face of near-universal opposition on Monday, May returned to Brussels in a bid to get more concessions, only to be rebuffed and branded “nebulous” by Jean-Claude Juncker.
May has little to look forward to in the coming seven days either, amid reports her cabinet allies are plotting a fresh Brexit referendum behind her back and Labour MPs are weighing up a vote of no-confidence in the government.