Boris Johnson's speech on Thursday evening in West Yorkshire provided one of the oddest moments of his premiership so far, as he was inexplicably flanked by police cadets.
The prime minister's rambling speech at the National Police Air Service base featured several unusual moments, including one cadet fainting because Johnson had spoken for far too long.
However, the image of the current prime minister being flanked by police and giving a speech where he mostly denounced his opposition in the Commons was slightly unsettling.
One of the strongest condemnations came from police chief constable John Robins who had been told that the speech at the base had been cancelled before saying he was 'disappointed' to officers used as a political backdrop.
I was therefore disappointed to see my police officers as a backdrop to the part of the speech that was not related to recruitment.
I repeat that I am pleased that we were chosen as the focal point of the national recruitment campaign launch, but the good news of extra officers was overshadowed by the media coverage of other events.
It was the understanding of West Yorkshire police that any involvement of our officers was solely about police officer recruitment. We had no prior knowledge that the speech would be broadened to other issues until it was delivered.
Although it would be churlish to call Johnson anything other than the prime minister but there were striking similarities between his speech on Thursday and a speech that Donald Trump gave in August 2017 when he was also had young police officers as a backdrop.
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