Keir Starmer mocked for photo him ‘signing’ a document with a pen that still has its lid on

Sirena Bergman@SirenaBergman
Sunday 16 February 2020 09:00

British politics has often felt like one really, really long episode of The Thick Of It over the last few years.

But is there anything better - or more excruciating - than a good old “signing a document” photo call? No, no there isn’t.

Pictures have emerged of what looks like Labour leadership hopeful Keir Starmer doing just that but with a pen that still has its lid on... but all is not as it seems.

Still, people were quick to jump to conclusions and mock him for what they perceived as a gaffe.

This isn’t the first time a politician has fallen foul of the dreaded “signing a document photo call”. Remember when George Osbourne was mocked for signing his name on a printed budget document?

Or when Boris Johnson was mocked for staging a “resignation photo shoot” when he resigned as Foreign Secretary?

But when it comes to Starmer, it seems like there’s a clear explanation. People on social media were quick to defend the former barrister, saying that he was likely just been checking the document - as lawyers typically do do - before signing it.

And upon closer inspection, the photo shows his half way down the page, at a point where it's unlikely he would have to sign.

But the moral of the story is: politicians, please stop posing for photos with documents. It never ends well.

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