politics is a funny business. All political parties are the same. Everyone is squabbling over Europe. The education system and the National Health Service are in decline.

No, it's not England in the year 2000, it's a fictional account of politics in the 1970s called Getting On.

This latest play by the inimitable Alan Bennett, pictured, takes a clever, comical look at Labour MP George Oliver who is a middle-class, middle-aged socialist with a supportive wife and three children. Added to that, he is also clever and entertaining.

Sounds perfect, but of course we know he's not, as Bennett bestows his usual dry humour on this character and on England in general.