This week, columnist Ruth Wishart reflects on another turbulent week for Brexit, Theresa May and the House of Commons...

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I HAVE taken a self denying ordinance in this space not to mention the B word. Most especially in a week where it dominated the airwaves and every other media.

But I do think the turbulent events we have witnessed this week, open mouthed and increasingly disbelieving, demonstrate how few real leaders there are around today.

We have a disgraceful stranger to the truth in the White House, we have a damaged and deluded incumbent in 10 Downing Street, and we have a posse of ne’er-do-wells openly jostling to replace her. (Whatever the question, Boris Johnson can’t be the answer!)

Plus we have a leader of the official opposition who patently lacks the skills required to lead the country.

It’s difficult to remember a time when the House of Commons was peopled by so many second raters. Or so short of genuine orators.

Michael Foot might have divided opinion as to his own leadership qualities, but when he spoke on major occasions all sides of the House listened to a man with a considerable literary hinterland.

Robin Cook spoke with eloquence and passion. Mrs Thatcher lacked similar empathetic qualities, but she had unshakeable self-confidence at the dispatch box.

And down in the palace of follies, the current crop of her flock apparently think the answer to one national crisis is to create another by demanding the PM hand in her jotters.

You couldn’t make it up. And, sadly, I’m not.