It’s never absolutely clear when it’s Black Friday because we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Which is a shame. Had we in Britain and Ireland followed the Pilgrims’ tradition and had a kick-off to the holiday season IN NOVEMBER, with loads of food and basic plotlines for knockabout American comedies, it’d be straightforward.
Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday of November. Which means Black Friday is the following day. The US founding fathers wanted to make sure there were deals offering 20% off small electrical items. It’s part of the American constitution.
Black Friday deals would be of some use to the Westminster government right now. Such is the turnover of senior ministers, and such is the thin bench they can now call on, that you suspect they’d benefit from checking to see who Amazon have in stock and then getting same-day delivery to SW1.
And the money off would be useful because given that £140 million has been sent to Rwanda with no comeback (buyer beware) a nip and tuck to the public purse wouldn’t do any harm.
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The recent reshuffle (such a curious word; suggests a preshuffle) to try and show there are sensible people in charge, who are going to do the best for the country and come up with a programme for government, didn’t quite hit the mark.