Fury and ridicule as Boris Johnson's jet flies for first time since taxpayer-funded '£900,000 makeover'

Louis Staples
Friday 26 June 2020 06:30
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Boris Johnson's redesigned RAF Voyager plane has been seen flying for the first time after its very, very controversial '£900,000 makeover' was completed.

The jet carries the Royal Family, the prime minister and government ministers to events abroad. It was seen flying for the first time since it was transformed from grey to having a Union Jack emblazoned across it. And it's also got "United Kingdom" written on the side, just in case it wasn’t quite clear where it’s from.

It was reported last week that the jet was part of a strategy to boost Britain's standing post-Brexit, which led people on both sides of the Brexit debate to call it the "Brexit jet".

Naturally, not everyone is happy about this makeover.

People have pointed out that the reported price of £900,000 is a lot of money to spend on painting a plane, particularly when the coronavirus crisis is leaving so many people out of pocket and a recession is looming.

Boris Johnson's official spokesperson previously said that the cost of the makeover "incorporates the cost of creating a design that will promote the UK around the world without compromising the plane's vital military role". But the Liberal Democrats have lambasted the move as “wasteful” and “insulting”.

People weren’t exactly thrilled about the plane taking off on Twitter.

Lots of people think it's a waste of money, but others didn't see why they made it look so similar to British Airways planes. There was also a debate raging about whether the flag was actually upside down.

But some people defended it too.

Just another calm and relaxing day in British politics...

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