I dare say that Clare Hepworth wasn’t the only person to have this reaction on seeing a now-infamous image in the run-up to the Ukraine-England Euro 2020 match on Saturday:
This has to be a wind up ?
Doesn't it ? https://t.co/NlaEVazsG1
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) July 2, 2021
Yes it was, but not in the way she may have imagined. Johnson certainly released the image – he posted it in a tweet himself:
Come on @England! 🏴 pic.twitter.com/CvHktX2Bl3
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 3, 2021
But he was being dishonest about the reasons for the picture being taken.
It wasn’t to show his support for the England football team; it was part of the Nationwide Building Society’s campaign for Mutual Respect in Football – a reaction against the rise in hate crime (under Tory governments) in recent years:
Missing context for *that* photo – instigated it seems by @AskNationwide – not Downing St – as part of their 'respect in footbal' campaign.
So why on earth would Downing St release the cropped photo on the right?
Or if they didn't, why would @PoliticsForAlI say they did? pic.twitter.com/AFkjJgOBdH
— GET A GRIP (Agent of the Deep Woke) (@docrussjackson) July 2, 2021
Well, we’ve seen that Downing Street did release that image.
Here are a few similar images, showing how Nationwide has been getting public figures to sign a huge England flag in support of Mutual Respect in Football and opposition of hate crime:
We caught up with the one and only @TheGeoffHurst, best known for scoring a hat trick in the 1966 World Cup final. Sir Geoff joined us in standing for mutual respect in football, and had a few words to say…⚽
Remember to #SignYourSupport 👉 https://t.co/PdISQzhDzv pic.twitter.com/QniHjTHAea
— Nationwide Building Society (@AskNationwide) June 29, 2021
Is it coming home? We hope so! 🏆
This week former @ManUtd player Steve Coppell signed his support and joined us in standing for mutual respect within football ⚽
#SignYourSupport and be in with a chance to see @England play next season. Visit: https://t.co/d1MqMmpQRT pic.twitter.com/v93u2Suyeq
— Nationwide Building Society (@AskNationwide) July 1, 2021
Big thanks to @Arsenal legend and @England centre back @martinkeown5 for signing his support and joining us in standing for mutual respect within football ⚽
Want to #SignYourSupport ahead of Saturday? 🏴 Head to: https://t.co/7nWsBnU3Xa pic.twitter.com/2GD7yZ0h5L
— Nationwide Building Society (@AskNationwide) July 2, 2021
I also found a video reaction from one person, discussing what Johnson had done, who hit the nail right on the head – but it seems to have disappeared. Count yourself lucky if you don’t like extreme language because this was not only on the head but near the knuckle too.
POSTSCRIPT: Found it:
I hope a new era of morality and self respect is coming home.
There is time to build back better by rejecting the hate and division of Brand Boris.
Patriotism isn’t fabric but cultivating something to be proud of.#GarethSouthgate #Euros2020 #ToryCorruption #ItsComingHome pic.twitter.com/kiDJOoaNQY
— Super Tanskiii (@supertanskiii) July 4, 2021
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For what it’s worth, I’d suggest support for Mutual Respect in Football should probably be seen as more important than support for the England team. But yes, it’s still hopelessly dishonest.
Typical fascist tactics by little fascist dictator duck johnson and his cohort of misogynistic; xenophobic and racist tory crooks! They are responsible for inciting hatred for any woman, child or man who in their view is not ‘white male and English!’
Shame on this fake current government which is in fact a fascist dictatorship!