Boris Johnson might have been hoping his “get Brexit done” campaign would remind voters of Churchill. But given Churchill faced down Hitler, we’re pretty sure he wouldn’t have hidden in a fridge rather than face down some journalists. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Johnson has done the day before the vote. And the British public are unlikely to let him forget it.
Johnson was taking part in a campaign event, delivering milk in Yorkshire. The PM looked dishevelled and grim-faced as he yanked a crate into the van.
It looks promising. Watch this space… pic.twitter.com/ndNJ67tmco
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) December 11, 2019
Johnson had promised Good Morning Britain an interview during the campaign. With one day to go and no sign of the PM, Good Morning Britain went to him. Instead of taking the opportunity for some free press, astonishing scenes took place. First, Johnson’s aide swore at the Good Morning Britain crew live on air. And then the PM apparently hid in a fridge to avoid facing them again.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) December 11, 2019
If Johnson can’t handle a couple of questions for breakfast television, handling top-tier EU negotiations seems a bit of a stretch. And the British public seemed to agree.
UK voters will put up with a lot from politicians. Corruption, personal indiscretions, and sadly, racism. But one thing they can be relied upon to judge mercilessly is cowardice.
Some attempted mock recreations of the scenes from Yorkshire.
— Chelley Ryan 🖐️ #VoteLabour (@chelleryn99) December 11, 2019
— The Pileus (@thepileus) December 11, 2019
— Gladstone, Esq. (@TreasuryMog) December 11, 2019
— Martin Stanley (@MStanleyAuthor) December 11, 2019
Others pointed out what Johnson’s opponent was doing at the same time.
— Sarah #VoteLabour 🌹 (@ScouseGirlMedia) December 11, 2019
And others went for the jokes.
#FridgeGate Every leader Worldwide has just seen Boris Johnson hiding in a fridge!!!!
He's toast…oops wrong appliance!
— Milena ZP♿🇮🇹🇪🇺🏴 (@MilenaZP_) December 11, 2019
I tell you what would have been funny with the PM and his hiding in a fridge from scrutiny this morning, if his aide would have opened the fridge door and a cold Andrew Neil would have been there ready to ask the hapless PM some questions 😂😂 #VoteLabourDecember12th #fridgegate
— Angela Rayner 🌈 (@AngelaRayner) December 11, 2019
In the news: Oven-ready chicken found in fridge. #fridgegate
— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) December 11, 2019
Some people were in no mood to laugh, because this idiot is actually the prime minister.
Earlier this morning, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was hiding in a fridge to dodge being interviewed by Piers Morgan. We are about to elect Boris Johnson as the leader of our country and represent us on the world stage. Britain, are you sure about this?#fridgegate pic.twitter.com/Xx2ynS7dnR
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) December 11, 2019
This is our prime minister ladies and gentleman. Hiding in a fridge, his aides swearing at reporters. How can this man remain PM when he continually refuses to face scrutiny. This man isn’t a leader, he is a coward #GE19 #GMB #Fridgegate #borisisacoward https://t.co/g1O8WGxb3W
— Nathan (@Padster86) December 11, 2019
#fridgegate Kuenssberg and Peston; "the unseasonably warm weather caused our Dear Leader to temporarily seek a cooling environment so that the rigours of his campaign on behalf of ordinary dupes-sorry, workers-could relentlessly continue….#fridgegate #voteCorbyn
— Daniel Rubinstein (@stylophobia) December 11, 2019
Make it stop
It’s coming down to the final hours of this campaign. Johnson has failed to pull off even a basic impersonation of a prime minister. Britain will decide tomorrow if Johnson’s life of privilege and patronage is showing. Can we rely on this pampered old Etonian who has the help intervene when things don’t go his way? The answer seems pretty clear. Britain needs someone better than that.
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