Theresa May has summarised this entire election with her answer when she was asked what Boris Johnson’s “mugwump” was.
The Foreign Secretary made his election debut on standard form: using a word Edward Lear might have made up that sent Britain’s journalists looking in their dictionaries.
On Thursday afternoon, the prime minister appeared on BBC Radio Derby and was asked: “Do you know what a mugwump is?”
She laughed and genuinely said, for the 432,356th time: “What I recognise is that what we need in this country is strong and stable leadership.”
There are a range of definitions of “mugwump” but the most succinct is perhaps “someone who doesn’t want strong and stable Government”.