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:
— 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?
— 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…⚽
— 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 ⚽
— Nationwide Building Society (@AskNationwide) July 1, 2021
— 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.
— Super Tanskiii (@supertanskiii) July 4, 2021
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