Boris Johnson really has gone all out ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final game tomorrow. The prime minister, who has become increasingly vocal in his support for the Three Lions as the tournament has gone on, has decked out Downing Street in what can only be described as, well, flags galore.
Of course, some people are loving how much the PM is getting behind the men’s team – but others couldn’t help but mock Johnson and his decorations, particularly after a slightly chaotic behind-the-scenes clip of the photo op was released.
In the clip, Johnson appears in jolly spirits as he poses outside Number 10 while holding an England flag with his thumbs up and says: “Here we go, come on England.”
But Johnson clearly struggles to keep the flag under control as strong winds interfere with his photo op.
When he eventually gets a hold of the flag, the wind has other ideas and lifts it to obscure the words “England” in the centre.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves the English flag days ahead of the #EURO2020 finals where England plays… https://t.co/SoYc3vciuO— Reuters (@Reuters) 1625899800
A photographer can be heard telling him: “We can’t see England!”. Nevertheless, they were able to get the shots they wanted.
In the background, the exterior of Downing Street can be seen covered with England flag bunting, which hangs across the railings and over the famous door. Two large England flags can also be seen draped over the two windows.
People took to Twitter to mock Johnson’s decorations and his feeble attempts to hold a flag.
Boris, it’s a flag not the withdrawal agreement. https://t.co/tzUsAmUdOR— Hunter Christian Christopher (@Hunter Christian Christopher) 1625899954
Whether standing astride a giant flag or waving a St George tea towel, @BorisJohnson looks the total idiot he is https://t.co/BHEEK1o7er— Jane McCarthy (@Jane McCarthy) 1625911541
Y'know what? This is SO batshit I'm now almost going with it. I mean, literally NOBODY in the history of ever has… https://t.co/aY2fpdwLbo— peter james needham (@peter james needham) 1625914961
10 Downing Street - a J.D. Wetherspoon free house. https://t.co/tbQ8Bzy6ig— Count Binface (@Count Binface) 1625909636
This looks as natural as Trump holding a bible. https://t.co/i9hzwokF46— mws621 (@mws621) 1625885584
Cringe..........what must the rest of the world think of us? #Eng #FinalEuro2020 #JohnsonVariant https://t.co/NNrsgpzx0c— Mirabel G:Calling Out Bollocks (@Mirabel G:Calling Out Bollocks) 1625913503
You know what? Maybe it shouldn't come home https://t.co/Y040oYlBoZ— 🇳🇬🇳🇬willem dagoat 🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@🇳🇬🇳🇬willem dagoat 🇳🇬🇳🇬) 1625860726
Several people were unimpressed with the decoration efforts, suggesting that it looked like Johnson had done a last minute dash to Poundland, which began trending on Twitter.
Vote Leave seem to have repurposed their campaign by teaming up with Poundland to take England out of the Union🤦♂️ https://t.co/sr7IfVKQ0a— Lloyd Hardy (@Lloyd Hardy) 1625911120
Wonder how much he’ll try to claim back for that Poundland haul? https://t.co/Z7mj3KIMLF— Fi (@Fi) 1625915088
Meanwhile, some people noticed that the decorations look awfully familiar... and that would be because satirical artist Christopher Spencer – otherwise known as “Cold War Steve” – created a similar photo.
https://t.co/gGpaG2yp0W— Cold War Steve (@Cold War Steve) 1625253547
Perhaps, this is where Johnson got his decor inspo?
Except, in Spencer’s image, Johnson, government minister Michael Gove and former Health Secretary Matt Hancock are depicted jogging away from Downing Street, completely naked...
@CountBinface Looks like most of the work is done for you @Coldwar_Steve— Cthulhu fhtagn! (@Cthulhu fhtagn!) 1625909740
@PoliticsForAlI 📸coldwarsteve https://t.co/vzCBfWuaSd— Paul Farmery (@Paul Farmery) 1625849808
Jesus. He's turning @Coldwar_Steve's creation into reality. https://t.co/EZOU7mg4gw— paul m (@paul m) 1625851508
Elsewhere, others described Johnson’s move as “gesture politics” which they claimed was an attempt to appease and distract the public.
It’s worth noting that Johnson previously made a comment saying “I don’t believe in gestures”, in reference to taking the knee to protest against racism.
“Alexa: Show me an example of gesture politics and bandwagoning?” #JohnsonVariant https://t.co/C4Ux5QTzE6— Phil Harries (@Phil Harries) 1625893943
@BorisJohnson doesn't believe in empty, meaningless gestures.... https://t.co/OjmWJznlPX— Mr H (@Mr H) 1625912302
Anything to distract from the utter disaster that is #BrexitReality and the #JohnsonVariant and try and take credit… https://t.co/KGElP3rQfW— Daniel Ware ⚫ (@Daniel Ware ⚫) 1625911013
Coming from the government who ‘doesn’t believe in gestures’ when it comes to taking the knee for racial inequality https://t.co/sis4eB5fsg— ella (@ella) 1625860406
Some people also highlighted the fact that Johnson is the Prime Minister of the UK – not just England – and questioned why he didn’t show the same excitement for games involving Scotland or Wales.
He's aware he's PM of the UK... Right? Right? https://t.co/cR6pVWAAuk— Alex Mitchell (@Alex Mitchell) 1625867838
You know 100% this would never have happened if it was Scotland or Wales in the final instead https://t.co/N4c83Al1IM— K (@K) 1625914488
Not like he’s actually Prime Minister of the whole of the UK or anything https://t.co/8yEg0JrApR— Grace (@Grace) 1625913158
Some have also joked that England will lose now because of Johnson’s decorative fanfare.
We're so fucking losing. https://t.co/TGJFAUdpcv— Keith Andrew (@Keith Andrew) 1625868161
Gotta be honest. I can't help but worry that the likes of Johnson doing this sort of stuff is building bad karma fo… https://t.co/JHrXLXrpLg— Will Cooling (@Will Cooling) 1625915572
They deserve to lose for this alone. https://t.co/s21Pgj4uHc— tracinha 💜🤌🏻 (@tracinha 💜🤌🏻) 1625864817
We’ll find out if Johnson’s flag display will bring any luck – good or bad – tomorrow night when England play Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium at 8pm.
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