On dead cats, shock and awe, and cock-ups

Number 102: Convincing your opponents you’re a political genius

British politics is awash with dead cats at the moment. Everything from the cost of Johnson’s No Deal information campaign to Rees-Mogg’s grammar guide for Parliamentary staff is supposedly one of them, a carefully designed ploy to get attention and distract people from talking about The Real Issues. (A “dead cat strategy” is the analogy of disrupting a discussion by throwing a dead cat on the table to take…