Our favourite funny reactions to the Downing Street lectern’s design fail
You’ll no doubt be aware that Downing Street now has a fancy US-style briefing room to go with its fancy US-style government spokesperson – Allegra Stratton, in case you’re interested.
The first images emerged at the weekend, showing that the £2.6m refurbishment had gone all-in on the flags and the Tory blue paint job.
Only four flags? Heads must roll. pic.twitter.com/CXUPeKHUL1
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) March 15, 2021
I’m not being funny, but it looks exactly like the stage at Conservative Party Conference.
If Labour had won the election and spent £2.6 million painting bits of Downing Street red people would have gone absolutely ballistic. pic.twitter.com/PF241KQNzs
— Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) March 15, 2021
There were a lot of questions about the price tag – but Darren Dutton had it covered.
Revealed: The costings for the new Downing Street Briefing Room pic.twitter.com/RqCtinGVwv
— Darren Dutton (@Darren_Dutton) March 16, 2021
Unfortunately, the Russian-owned company that carried out the work had either not planned very well or had been given a last-minute addition to their instructions, because this happened.
£2.6m for a briefing room, and this is the podium?? pic.twitter.com/KUBTJl22eP
— Henry Mance (@henrymance) March 15, 2021
The words ‘DOW REET’ trended on Twitter for hours, and these tweets stood out considerably better than the lectern’s label does.
Remember, kids, in these times of covid: Ha… Fa… …ace #DowReet
— Jake Yapp (@jakeyapp) March 16, 2021
We now go live to Dow Reet! pic.twitter.com/aFUvaIW9ZG
— Matt Swift (@MSwift94) March 15, 2021
— Tam Jardine (@Tam__Jardine) March 15, 2021
"So, Boris, yeah? You want 4 flags, a crap desk, school chairs, bit of moody walnut veneer and a mini podium? Yeah, mate. £2.6m all in, best offer. Tell you what… I'll even stencil 'Dow Reet' on the front. Cushty."https://t.co/LY7lgJlUkr pic.twitter.com/yv3gU4IgIT
— James S Clarke (@JSClarkeRenew) March 16, 2021
— Martin Angus (@martinangus) March 15, 2021
— Martin Linklater 💙 (@fizzychicken) March 16, 2021
The worst makeover since Linda Barker fucked with that lady’s teapots on them string shelves.
DOW REET ! 🤣 pic.twitter.com/aq03QCuJl7
— Glen Scott (@glenrules) March 15, 2021
— Harry Palmer (@harrypalmer285) March 15, 2021
Little did you know that Dow reet is how the stock market is discussed over a few pints in Whitley Bay
— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) March 15, 2021
in fairness what is more british than a new build with some absolutely shocking snags because it was somehow both very expensive and done on the cheap https://t.co/cSwG2uzxNf
— lines (@thatinterlace) March 15, 2021
I made this for art gcse using chicken wire and mod roc. I got a b- https://t.co/Gl7qok4SJZ
— Bella Mackie (@bellamackie) March 15, 2021
The very funny @RussInCheshire pointed out the solution to the problem.
— Russ (@RussInCheshire) March 15, 2021
Matt Hancock probably knows a guy who’ll do it for just £2.5m.