Four weeks ago, Rishi Sunak did not know that he would present the budget on March 11. Then Sajid Javid resigned, Mr. Sunak was promoted to chancellor and the scene was ready.
Between two cups of tea, he was given little time to prepare for the biggest day on a chancellor’s calendar.
He is not the first to be honored at the last minute. So which substitutes, substitutes and substitutes can he learn from or warn?
Kelvin Fletcher was at home when his agent called to say he was wanted as a late replacement for Strictly Come Dancing.
He was approached after Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing, who was part of the scheduled squad, was injured in training.
The contracts were sent in an hour, he quickly called the producers, and the next day he had a doctor.
“I have to rehearse for, I think, about a week. And then it was opening night,” said the former Emmerdale actor.
“I didn’t expect this call. I never thought it was an option. It couldn’t be more of a curve than that.”
Of course, the 36-year-old won and won the glitterball trophy with his partner Oti Mabuse in front of 11 million viewers.
There are late replacements and there are really late replacements.
Steph Parry was sitting in the locker room of a London theater, ready for another show, when she received a call from the general manager of Mamma Mia! be staged on the road.
He told her that the head was forced to leave the scene with a calf injury during the opening scene of the show. In just 18 minutes after the show stopped, she was on stage playing Donna Sheridan, the role that Meryl Streep played in Mamma Mia! movie.
“I didn’t have time to worry, I just needed a pee! I remember sitting on the toilet thinking about the lines in the next scene,” she said. , after being in the show.
“After that, I didn’t have to think anymore, I just had to believe it was somewhere in my mind. It got worse, the more I thought about it [it]!
“The choreography was the biggest wing of my life – I joked!”
The accidental substitute
Guy Goma was at the BBC for a job interview. He was not there to be interviewed live on television.
However, he was interviewed live on television, with legendary results.
The other awkward substitution
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is a football fan. One of his childhood heroes was Southampton footballer Matt Le Tissier.
In November 1996, the legendary Saints Le Tissier player was injured and replaced by one of the club’s most infamous players – Ali Dia.
Incredibly, amateur Dia had been signed to a one-month contract, apparently after being recommended to manager Graeme Souness by a man claiming to be the world player of the year, George Weah.
Even more incredible, Souness brought him into the Premiership (now Premier League) match against Leeds. He lasted 53 minutes before being replaced himself. He was never seen again in a Southampton jersey.
The manager later said he knew he was a dud, but his team was exhausted from an injury. Le Tissier said: “He ran on the ground like Bambi on the ice.”
Hours, not weeks, to prepare a budget
Sunak has had four weeks to prepare for the budget after the resignation of his predecessor. Kate Forbes had less than a day.
At the age of 29, she became the first woman to present a Scottish budget, to intervene after the resignation of Derek Mackay as finance secretary.
“I realized that I didn’t necessarily have a choice,” she said. “And within seven hours, I had to wiggle my head around each line of the budget and deliver the statement and answer questions.
“Who wouldn’t worry about delivering a budget with a few hours’ notice? It was a case of tunnel vision, focus and preparation.”
The first MSP, then a junior minister, was then called upon to hold talks with the opposition parties to secure approval of the budget.
Some of these politicians praised Ms. Forbes for committing to provide the £ 34 billion budget, but criticized some of the content.
A speech to remember
Shy and nervous, with bad stuttering, George VI never expected to be king. His brother Edward VIII’s abdication to marry the divorced American Wallis Simpson put him reluctantly on the throne.
King and Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, gained lasting popularity with the British people when they stayed at Buckingham Palace during the Second World War, despite the bombing of London.
And the king gave a lasting example to any public speaker by not letting his obstacle to speech prevent him from delivering speeches across the empire – notably to rally the nation at the start of the war.
This was celebrated in the hit British film The King’s Speech.