We’ve reached the ‘Does the PM’s new haircut mean he’s less chaotic?’ stage of journalism
It’s usually a slow news period in the couple of weeks after Christmas and New Year, largely due to parliament being on recess.
Covid-19 put a stop to that, with all the speculation and half-hearted announcements about whether the rules will change and why they definitely won’t – right up until they do.
But one news item which looks a lot like the scraping of a barrel has got people shaking their heads – and potentially messing their hair. And before you point it out – we know we’re writing about it too. Pot. Kettle. Blah, blah, blah.
We now cross live to Ian Betteridge, technology and media writer, who coined Betteridge’s Law.
“Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.”
My New Year resolution is to not change at all but get a haircut to fool people into thinking I'm no longer a shambolic walking haystack. pic.twitter.com/iG09GvqRE8
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) January 3, 2022
New hope for the UK as Boris Johnson announces he’s a “hat guy” https://t.co/TP048L56RX
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) January 3, 2022
Could we set the bar for the leader of our country slightly higher than that of a 12-year-old on his first day at school? Because the answer to this question is clearly 'no'. https://t.co/J8i5cfkrYT
— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) January 3, 2022
Maybe, but I recall that roughly once a month for four years some overpaid Charlie Brown at the New York Times or similar would attempt to kick the Lucy's football of writing:
"Does this <absurdly minor cosmetic token action> signal Trump's pivot to a more Presidential mode?" https://t.co/b4NKuBKc6B
— Dmitry Grozoubinski (@DmitryOpines) January 4, 2022
I give it a week https://t.co/ijCXoipk19
— Trumpton (@Trump_ton) January 3, 2022
This is like when there'd been 200 Bullseye episodes or something and Jim said, Let's have a look at what we looked like way back in 1981, and they played the clip and he looked The Same. https://t.co/IinzqugQO5
— Justin Lewis (@WhenIsBirths) January 3, 2022
Thank goodness, we're a serious country again. All is forgotten. https://t.co/BRry7V7t72
— Neil Fawcett (@BarristerNF) January 3, 2022
Tory gov disasters: Brexit, corruption, causing 10s of 1000s of deaths, NHS crisis, empty shelves, scandals, lies –
Tory gov solution: comb Johnson's hair.
— A C Grayling #FBPE 3.5% #Reform #Rejoin #FBPA 🐟 (@acgrayling) January 4, 2022
New haircut and new tie, has PM Boris Johnson made a new years resolution to be less chaotic? pic.twitter.com/2V7UN41nJl
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) January 3, 2022
Not based on his actions, words or policies, but hey ho, new haircut. https://t.co/JsoVEg3Puf
— Daniel Sohege 🧡 (@stand_for_all) January 3, 2022
If recent history has taught us anything …oh, hang on – it hasn’t.
— Paul Crusty Loaf. (@ghosteggs) January 3, 2022