There was an awkward moment on the campaign trail today when children at a primary school in Bristol told Jeremy Corbyn that they believed the story he read to them about a talking mouse but that the one about him becoming Prime Minister was just too silly.
‘He seemed like a nice old man’ said five-year-old Fenton Barnes. ‘And he was really good at reading the Gruffalo to us. But when he told us he was going to be the next Prime Minister we all fell about laughing. What a silly man. Everyone knows beardy men with scruffy suits can’t be the Prime Minister.’
‘I’m as willing to suspend my disbelief as the next 5-year-old’ said Destiny Williamson, also five. ‘I believe in Father Christmas and God and the Easter Bunny and I’m even willing to suspend judgment on Brexit, but nice Mr Corbyn in number 10 was just too far-fetched.’