The Conservative Government took centre stage on Friday’s episode of The Chase with a question that didn’t exactly show them in the best light.
The latest edition of the weekday quiz show was underway when the subject moved to politics and contestant Phillip was queried about the number of people who acted in a particular role in the Cabinet during 2022.
Spoiler: If you remember, there were quite a few!
As the audience and contestants joined in with the laughter, Bradley quipped: ‘Oh here goes, it’s a lottery here…’
‘Get your fingers out – add up everyone!’ he added.
Presenter Bradley Walsh joked that there would be maths involved when contestants were asked how many Chancellors there were in 2022 (Picture: ITV)
Phillip guessed three and was able to come with Rishi Sunak straight away (Picture: ITV)
The answer options given were three, four or five.
Jenny Ryan, 41, also known as The Vixen, was the formidable Chaser airline pilot Phillip, 47, was up against.
Having locked in his answer, he and Bradley came up with the names of current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Kwasi Kwarteng as two.
Jenny added: ‘There was Zahawi at one point..’
She then admitted: ‘There’s about two years of politics and cabinet that’s just blended into one for me now!’ (Same.)
Chase Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan admitted she was hazy about the details with everything happening among the Tories (Picture: ITV)
Rishi Sunak was the first Chancellor in 2022, but three more followed him (Picture: Reuters)
Phillip’s guess of three was then shown to be incorrect as Bradley explained he was hoping that ‘the Chaser has mixed them all up a bit and not added them up correctly’.
This proved to be true after Jenny went for five.
‘I got to four and then thought I’ll add one for luck,’ she laughed, cracking Bradley and the studio up with her candour.
In the calendar year of 2022, there were indeed four Chancellors of the Exchequer: Mr Sunak was appointed to the role in February 2020 by then-PM Boris Johnson, before he resigned in July 2022.
Comic and actor Bradley was ticked by everyone’s confusion over the question (Picture: ITV)
The one name everyone forgot was current Chancellor Jeremy Hunt (Picture: Getty)
He was followed in very quick succession by Nadhim Zahawi, who lasted a day over two months until September 6, 2022, when he was replace by new Prime Minister Liz Truss’s choice of Kwasi Kwarteng.
Mr Kwarteng served just five weeks and one day in the position, after his unpopular ‘mini-budget’ proposals saw him dismissed.
Former Health Secretary and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was then given the job in October 2022, where he remains the incumbent, having outlasted the two previous chancellors several times over.
Ironically, he was the one everyone failed to mention.
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV1.
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