Prime Minister’s Questions during the pandemic has been a bizarre spectacle at times.
Over the last few months we’ve seen Johnson resort to all kinds of strange jokes to escape Starmer’s forensic grilling style. There was that time he said Starmer “had more flip flops than Bournemouth beach” and “more briefs than Calvin Klein”.
Another nickname Johnson enjoys trotting out when backed into a corner is referring to Starmer as “Captain Hindsight”, presumably to infer that he changes his mind often.
And this week, it made an appearance yet again.
Starmer pressed Johnson on how his government planned to support the 25,000 workers who are worried about their jobs following the collapse of the Arcadia Group and Debenhams.
Seemingly unhappy with this line of questioning, Johnson retorted by questioning why Starmer “told his troops” to abstain on voting on legislation that would open up the economy in some parts of the country. This is in relation to Labour’s abstention on voting to move from a national lockdown to the new tiers system in England.
On Twitter, people weren’t impressed with Johnson using nicknames yet again.
Although some people found it funny…
It's probably best to avoid using names like Captain Hindsight or General Indecision if, like Johnson, people associate you with oversights and U-turns.
But will this stop him from using it? Unlikely.