Corbyn’s latest video has got people asking ‘Where’s Johnson?’

Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson
Support us and go ad-free

As Storm Ellen prepared to batter the UK, Jeremy Corbyn took to Twitter wondering where Boris Johnson was. And it seems some people have a better idea of the PM’s location than others.

Weather chaos

As The Canary reported, parts of the country are braced for yet more flooding. On Saturday morning, the Environment Agency had 90 flood warnings in place, as well as 153 flood alerts, covering areas from Wiltshire to Cumbria. This is now three weekends in a row where severe weather has caused chaos across the UK.

But so far, Johnson has failed to visit flood-hit areas. As HuffPost reported, he’s been hauled up in his ‘government-owned mansion’ since after the cabinet reshuffle. Even the Daily Mail asked why the PM hadn’t visited communities suffering because of the horrendous weather.

‘Where’s Johnson?’

So, it’s been down to Corbyn to ‘show the way’ (the Mail‘s words, surprisingly) on how to lead in a national crisis. Because he’s been out, supporting people affected by the weather. And on Saturday 22 February, he took to Twitter asking a question on many people’s lips:

Some people on social media thought they knew where the PM was:

Journalist Peter Oborne had the right answer:

Meanwhile, Paul Gardner though a classic children’s puzzle could do with updating:

But a lot of apparent Tory supporters were adamant Johnson was ‘running the country’:

So, if Johnson has been ‘running the country’, then he’s got an odd way of doing it. Because since he’s been ensconced in his mansion, the country appears to be going to the dogs.

To the dogs

The PM, while hiding away, has:

  • Refused to deal with an alleged eugenicist working in Number 10, who then resigned as quickly as Dominic Cummings employed him.
  • Caused a storm after the Times revealed our all-new blue passports are being manufactured in Poland.
  • Oversaw the Home Office allegedly watering down the Windrush report to remove the term “institutionally racist”.
  • Faced accusations that one of his donors is “complicit in potential war crimes”.
  • Seen home secretary Priti Patel accused of bullying officials and ‘encouraging behaviour outside the rule of law’.
  • Watched as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) faced around 150 disabled people who are preparing to take it to court over Universal Credit.
  • Also watched as a scandal erupted over Patel’s new immigration policy.

So, yes. Johnson has been ‘running the country’. But he’s been effectively running it into the ground.

Real leadership

But what Corbyn’s video also sums up is the old phrase ‘look at what you could have won’. Because once again, he’s shown true leadership in a crisis affecting ordinary people in the UK. This couldn’t be more removed from Johnson’s mansion ‘jolly’. Sadly, Corbyn will be leaving office soon. And it remains to be seen if any of the current Labour leadership hopefuls are willing or able to fill his shoes. But we do know that our current PM would never be able to.

Featured image via YouTube – Screengrab and Guardian News – YouTube

Support us and go ad-free

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?

The Canary Support us