Holding up signs in photographs, planning campaign events near a milkshake vendor and (allegedly) misleading the Queen. These are three things that politicians should learn never to do in 2019.
A fourth political booby-trap to add to that list is the dreaded live Q&A that politicians from all sides seem insistent on participating in. Prime minister Boris Johnson is the latest politician to discover this.
Fresh from the bombshell ruling by Scotland’s High Court, which ruled that Johnson’s prorogation of parliament is not lawful, Downing Street appealed for questions from the public. But in the face of accusations that members of his government have misled the Queen, plus scary no-deal Brexit warnings in the government’s “Yellowhammer” document, things didn’t go to plan.
They say the public are who politicians truly answer to, and on this occasion Facebook users didn't disappoint.
Here are the 15 most brutal questions:
Why did you lie to the Queen?
- Neil Rowlingson, Burwell.
I have to work loads of overtime this month, please can you advise on whether I can prorogue my department and come back in five weeks?
- Laurence Howell, Bristol.
- Nik, Derby.
If you've wanted your current job all your life, why aren't you better at it?
- Mike Stafford.
If your job is to serve us, the people, why aren't you doing so?
- Heather Evans.
Did you lie to the Queen
- Chris Barrow.
If the Government refuses to obey the Law, why should any citizen obey the law or indeed the government?
- Paul Armstrong, Edinburgh.
When will you be resigning?
- Floyd Crollo.
Why do you think you are above the law?
- Dave Cirulis.
Are you ashamed of yourself?
- Kirsty Warren.
If the prime minister of the country breaks the law because he doesn't like it, does that mean it's OK for the rest of us to ignore laws we don't like?
- Dan Boddice, Birmingham.
Why aren't you in parliament answering questions instead of Facebook?
- Sarah Owe.
Are you planning to answer any of these questions?
- Margaret Giles.
Is it okay to lie to the Queen?
- Steve Bozwald.
Why can't you be honest with the public?
- Victoria Hugtenburg.