Harriet the Human covers for Super-Gordon
Over the past week the British media has taken to calling prime minister Gordon Brown 'Super Gordon,' a half-mocking reference to the world's perception that he saved the day over the weekend by coming up with the bank bailout plan that the rest of the world followed. Yesterday he was in Brussels so Harriet Harmon took over for prime minister's questions, and the consensus seems to be that she did a pretty miserable job.
Super-Gordon couldn’t be with us at PMQs for he had been called to Brussels. The Eurozone economy was in trouble. Earlier in the week he’d single-handedly saved the British banks and so he wasn’t surprised when he’d got the call on the Batphone. (All the superheroes are pooling resources in this global crisis.)
“This is a job for Super-Gordon!” he’d said to Sarah who looked at him adoringly while packing him an extra pair of underpants and giving his cape a quick ironing. “Let Harriet do PMQs.”
But Harriet isn’t a super-hero. Gordon tried to send her on a training course, for he needs a sidekick, but Harriet refused when she discovered that Superman only had one real female sidekick: her name was Supergirl and she wore a mini-skirt and red go-go boots. Harriet, super-sensibly, was having none of it.