As Jeremy Corbyn announced bold plans for veterans on Remembrance Sunday, Boris Johnson seemed to be busy making public gaffes. And even right-wing media hacks struggled to keep their usual focus on anti-Corbyn propaganda.
Hard-right media forced to cover Johnson gaffes
Johnson’s gaffes forced the Daily Mail to report on the Awkward moment Boris Johnson sets off to lay his poppy wreath at the Cenotaph too early and has to make a hasty retreat. The Express, meanwhile, said Boris Johnson left red-faced after two awkward gaffes at Remembrance Sunday ceremony. To be fair, the latter also wrote a separate piece speaking of “outrage” over how Corbyn had bowed (remember how particular the right wing is about how people should bow?). But thanks to Johnson’s gaffes, hard-right media outlets simply couldn’t turn this year’s Remembrance Sunday into yet another ‘Attack Corbyn Fest’.
Johnson’s mistakes included putting a wreath upside down and setting off early to go and lay that wreath (embarrassingly forcing him to turn back):
Watch Boris Johnson step out of the line at the wrong moment.
Now imagine if this was Jeremy Corbyn. Imagine the headlines. Imagine the faux outrage. The Mail and Express et al would call him a traitor.
What do you get when it's Boris Johnson…
— Chelley Ryan 🖐️ #VoteLabour (@chelleryn99) November 10, 2019
Embarrassing mistake by Johnson and I'm sure he'll have intended no offence but imagine the molten outrage from Tories and the wider Right had Corbyn made a similar error https://t.co/sleHtxmo8d
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) November 10, 2019
Boris Johnson turned up at the Cenotaph looking like an overstuffed scarecrow with a cracking hangover, and apparently managed to put the wreath the wrong way up. I’m sure the media are all over this though, just like they would be if Jeremy Corbyn blinked at the wrong time.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) November 10, 2019
Johnson not good in public, or with the public
The Tory election campaign has not been very public-friendly so far. Johnson has hardly met any ordinary voters, preferring carefully managed PR events instead. During a school visit on 8 November, for example, there was apparently no opportunity for year 12 and 13 pupils to meet and question Johnson. Instead, they had to stay in their common room until he had left.
— Anne Szymanska (@SzymanskaAnne) November 9, 2019
Then there was his woeful campaign launch:
Here’s the photo from the front of the Daily Boris from another angle. He was actually speaking to a small, invited audience in a vast echo chamber. pic.twitter.com/CHvD69lkg8
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) November 7, 2019
Tory campaign launch last night looked like a rock star event. That is on the BBC. If you pan out here is what really occurred. A bunch of men huddled into the corner of an airport hangar yelling to make it seem there was more of them & real people in attendance pic.twitter.com/GEWnAvRNWb
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) November 7, 2019
Boris Johnson has been booed out of Addenbrookes Hospital today by staff and patients.
Please RT if you’re not surprised.pic.twitter.com/yuI0FHzIdG
— NHS Million (@NHSMillion) October 31, 2019
In short, it looks like the Tories simply shouldn’t let Boris Johnson loose in public. Because he’s a total and utter disaster. For the sake of everyone else, however, his public bumbling is a gift – as it shows us just what an absolute mess he and his party truly are.
Featured image via ITV News
We need your help to keep speaking the truth
Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.
Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.
We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.
In return, you get:
* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop
Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.
With your help we can continue:
* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do
We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?