VIDEO: Boris, Dave and Ed boogie to the Spice Girls

The gif that keeps on giving.

Surely the highlight of the Olympic closing ceremony was the quick cutaway to the VIP area during the Spice Girls performance. It captured David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Ed Miliband and their wives dancing with... let's go with "abandon".

This being 2012, year of the Great Gif Resurgence, this was doing the rounds on Twitter within minutes.

What's interesting here is that David Cameron looks mildly embarrassing as he half-heartedly claps along, while Boris - executing a full-on swivel-hipped, thumbs-up boogie - mysteriously manages to be less excruciating as a result. 

Bonus points to whoever can identify the man on the right wiping away a tear, as well he might.

Victoria Beckham at the Olympic closing ceremony. Photo: Getty

Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.