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A pre-budget press photo featuring Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, has been mocked by social users, describing it as “totally weird”.
The image, taken by the Press Association, sees Sunak on the stairs of Number 11, alongside other members of his Treasury team, such as Steve Barclay and Kemi Badenoch.
The Tory politician unveiled his economic plan for the country to MPs on Wednesday, and later to the public in a Downing Street press conference.
Speaking to the Commons, Sunak said: “This Budget meets the moment with a three-part plan to protect the jobs and livelihoods of the British people.
Meanwhile, Labour criticised the proposals as a budget which “papered over the cracks”.
“A Budget that shows the government doesn’t understand what went wrong in the last decade or what’s needed in the next,” said the party’s leader, Sir Kier Starmer.
As the press photograph was released online, Twitter users were quick to mock its framing and the jokes really did write themselves.
All gone a bit lockdown stair crazy. https://t.co/XbLDSuWwU7 — Gary Lineker 💙 (@Gary Lineker 💙)
has anyone done this one yet, before I go to bed https://t.co/tjNFusJG46 — Mollie Goodfellow (@Mollie Goodfellow)
Worst album cover ever.
#Budget2021 https://t.co/Hg2jCLcZLk — James Melville (@James Melville)
This appears to be setting a bad example of social distancing - lots of people jammed together in a confined space… https://t.co/GdcD4fi3vS — Chris Dale (@Chris Dale)
I love that someone thought this was a good idea and wouldn’t look totally weird at all. https://t.co/h9vUM7MzxJ — Latika M Bourke (@Latika M Bourke)
https://t.co/vpgpW2NHWO — TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon)
"Are you SURE this won't make us look weird?" https://t.co/kDBdGi8Pkl — Robert Hutton (@Robert Hutton)
Others spotted some potential optical illusions:
https://t.co/yREjXJRnm6 — Sarah Dempster (@Sarah Dempster)
either this guy has incredible core strength or the Treasury team has invented invisible chair technology https://t.co/mpiBgj6jOJ — Matthew Champion (@Matthew Champion)
While some hoped that Cold War Steve, a Twitter account known for Photoshopped political collages, would make one of the snap:
OK, where is Cilla @Coldwar_Steve . Sorry, your Photoshop is better than this. https://t.co/Bp92d62ND6 — Simon Warren (@Simon Warren)
Paging @Coldwar_Steve https://t.co/pUWeaYa6Zu — Nick Stone (@Nick Stone)
Sunak may have wanted to ‘step up’ to the challenge of a coronavirus budget for the year ahead, but it appears some aren’t convinced.
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