This dad’s takedown of Boris Johnson – and the PM’s foot in mouth response – is extraordinary
This is the only news clip people are going to be talking about today and it makes every other Boris Johnson nightmare look like a triumph in comparison.
The so-called prime minister was visiting a London hospital when a dad of a 7-day-old girl who had been ‘neglected for hours’ the night before thought he’d put him straight. And boy, did he put him straight.
“There are not enough doctors, there are not enough nurses. The NHS is being destroyed, and now you come here for a press opportunity”
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 18, 2019
You’ll watch it again. And again.
Dad of sick child: "The NHS is being destroyed, and now you come here for a press opportunity."
Boris Johnson: "Actually there's no press here."
Dad: [Gestures to TV cameras] "Who are these people?"
— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) September 18, 2019
Here are just a few of the things people are saying about it right now.
Wherein Boris Johnson, master at dealing with the public, gets confronted over destroying the NHS and then coming to a hospital for a press opportunity says “there are no press here” in front of the press. pic.twitter.com/NEUu1RLvGt
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) September 18, 2019
Another day, another town, @BorisJohnson is abused by the general public, but this one is quite special.
Parent of sick child: "You are here for a press opportunity."
Johnson: "There are no press here."
Parent points at press: "Who are these people?"https://t.co/YagK7GtNOT
— Tom Peck (@tompeck) September 18, 2019
Voter: “The NHS is being destroyed, it’s being destroyed and you come here for a press opportunity?”
Johnson: “There’s no press here.”
Voter: (points to cameras) “What do you mean there’s no press here?” #PleaseLeaveMyTown pic.twitter.com/FhkQwJLTqQ
— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) September 18, 2019
Johnson increasingly frustrated at being unable to prorogue the general public… https://t.co/mhuzgNhl1r
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) September 18, 2019
[in front of cameras]
Father of sick child: “You’ve come here for a press opportunity”
Known liar: “There’s no press here”pic.twitter.com/HOj2pCHkgd
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) September 18, 2019
Boris Johnson : "There are no press here"
(attached images ©️ Press Association) pic.twitter.com/X6U8pcgClm
— Mike Holden (@MikeHolden42) September 18, 2019
Boris Johnson getting owned by the general public is my kink and I don't care who knows https://t.co/sLSVGYA2OE
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) September 18, 2019
My hearts swells with pride everytime a Briton tells Boris Johnson to stop using them as a media prop pic.twitter.com/VWWwLtLcin
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) September 18, 2019
This clip demonstrates beautifully why I repeatedly say we can’t believe a word that comes out of Boris Johnson’s mouth. Just watch it and see https://t.co/ZqxeyxiQFC
— Layla Moran 🔶 🏳️🌈 (@LaylaMoran) September 18, 2019
Boris Johnson called out for decimating the NHS and then using a hospital as a press opportunity.
Johnson – "Actually there's no press here"
Member of the public points to the cameras – "What do you mean there's no press here?"
He just can't stop lying.pic.twitter.com/FlEQSpxIz3
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) September 18, 2019
Tactically speaking he should have done a massive double-take when the camera was pointed out. "Whoa!!! How did YOU get in here?" https://t.co/eBeq19EbVj
— Tom Sutcliffe (@tds153) September 18, 2019
What a stupid, stupid moment to try to be disingenuously pedantic.
He is absolutely incapable of responding when someone is angry. He’s looking incapable of sincerity or empathy too. Think they need to rethink the “pm with people” strategy: https://t.co/tyYBWoTiqT
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) September 18, 2019
Me pretending I'm not loving the drama pic.twitter.com/1mbnQMN0IP
— Sam Francis (@DavidSamFrancis) September 18, 2019
And this is the man he spoke to.
Boris Johnson dropped into @WhippsCrossHosp for a press opportunity – so I gave him a piece of my mind about how he is running the NHS based on the experience with my 7 day old daughter, who was neglected for hours last night. More here: https://t.co/DsBDvnhC51 https://t.co/vKPs3yzNHx
— Omar Salem (@OmarSalem) September 18, 2019
Just … extraordinary.
Full clip is something else. Watch how Johnson tries to look the other way as he repeats the lie there are Press there. Despite being filmed by the press. Who are there. https://t.co/f8igaA6gOf
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) September 18, 2019