Around the world, the heads of state have stepped up to the challenges created by the pandemic.
In Slovakia, Zuzana Čaputová matches her face mask to her outfit every day. Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has hosted daily press conferences. But Boris Johnson is seemingly nowhere to be found.
Perhaps the middle of a pandemic – where the government has got a lot to answer for – isn’t the best time to step away from the spotlight. The UK government has been hosting daily press conferences to update the country about how the government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson hasn’t led any press conferences since 12 May, and the last time that he was seen at work was during PMQs a week ago. He was seen "clapping for carers" 6 days ago.
On Twitter, people came up with a couple of different explanations about why Johnson is nowhere to be seen.
URGENT: Have you seen this man? Last spotted a week ago in the Westminster area. Police urge anyone with informatio… https://t.co/e1ojmjNcGK— Have I Got News For You (@Have I Got News For You) 1589911142
Someone posted a version of the government’s Covid alert system.
Talking of donkeys and #donkeygate where is the Prime Minister? #wheresBoris https://t.co/FzG8afcwVb— Land of Tope & Dory (@Land of Tope & Dory) 1589728783
@BorisJohnson Are you tweeting from a bunker? https://t.co/GIOUVnTprT— Jonquil (@Jonquil) 1589890188
Some drew comparisons to the children’s book, Where’s Wally.
Where oh where could he be? Has he been furloughed? #WhereIsJohnson #wheresboris https://t.co/k4rERS0PpX— Lee (@Lee) 1589929147
@haveigotnews https://t.co/Qo8a3t4CQp— Nayvee (@Nayvee) 1589911984
Good morning everyone. Whilst you prepare for another working week, ask yourself this... Where's Boris the skiver… https://t.co/3dc5rUATi5— Couldbe Yue (@Couldbe Yue) 1589774992
Even Piers Morgan, who has, in recent months, done a U-Turn on the Conservative Party over their handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, tweeted about Johnson’s notable absence.
Stop hiding @BorisJohnson.— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan) 1589908629
Others also pointed out that Johnson is a rarity – other leaders have been visible when necessary.
Anyone seen @BorisJohnson? He's gone AWOL again. By comparison, @NicolaSturgeon has been on the podium pretty much… https://t.co/Enxc5Cognz— Martin J Keatings (@Martin J Keatings) 1589944586
Typically, PMQs would be when Johnson makes his next appearance, which takes place later today.
Who knows, maybe the PM has just been spending time with his new baby son, Wilfred? Either way, a little heads up that he was planning to disappear would have been nice.
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