Everyone’s talking about it so it achieved exactly what Boris Johnson intended.
I refer, of course, to this:
'Forgive me, forgive me, forgive me'@BorisJohnson appears to lose track of his notes as he delivers a speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) pic.twitter.com/cdCJ2tO6ye
— ITV News Politics (@ITVNewsPolitics) November 22, 2021
Worse was to follow. He performed a “vroom vroom” impression of an accelerating car, and went onto a lengthy tangent about visiting Peppa Pig World: “I loved it, it’s very much my kind of place.
“It has very safe streets, discipline in schools, heavy emphasis on new mass transit systems I notice, even if they are a bit stereotypical about Daddy Pig.
“But the real lesson for me, going to Peppa Pig world, I’m surprised you haven’t been there, was about the power of UK creativity.”
As a result, instead of reporting on a lengthy debate in Parliament on the future of the National Health Service as provided in England, the UK’s news shows were doing… well, this:
Reporter – In your speech to the CBI you lost your notes, you lost your place & you went off on a tangent about Peppa Pig… is everything OK?
Boris Johnson – I thought the speech went over well. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/nY4WIJKWlc
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) November 22, 2021
And that was all Johnson wanted.
He knows the Health and Care Bill is an absolute stinker – for all the reasons This Site has mentioned before.
He also knows he’s unlikely to have much difficulty getting it approved in the House of Commons because Keir Starmer’s Labour “Opposition” is as keen on the privatisation it proposes as he is; all they’re planning are a few amendments – tinkering around the edges.
But he’s also aware that some of us know exactly what’s going on, and have been spreading the word for all we’re worth.
He didn’t want us to get our argument across on-air, so he scrabbled for a way to lock us out.
We see him.
"So how did you distract them from the health care bill?"
*I pretended I was a car and said I went to Peppa Pig World"
— Otto Von Jizzmark (@Ottojizzmark) November 22, 2021
Johnson, ranting about Peppa Pig, looking pissed, making mad noises, leaving 15secs of dead air, reporters asking if he is ok.
A dead cat, broadcast live, as his ministers and henchmen work behind the scenes, running the NHS in to the ground, so the Tories can privatise it.
— Super Tanskiii (@supertanskiii) November 22, 2021
Peppa Pig is a dead cat
Open your eyes to what’s really going on #BooTheBill
— Michael H. (@MichaelH14) November 22, 2021
The Bill that will destroy the NHS is in Parliament TODAY.
So This was the PERFECT *Look Over There* Speech & UK Media Took every bit of the Bait..At this point, they are complicit. No Journalist can be this awful at their job, when so SO Much is at stake right now.
— Mikey Walsh (@thatbloodyMikey) November 22, 2021
Nobody should be surprised at this – for a very good reason:
Remember when Corbyn stood on a stage and had the receipts that showed how the Tories were going to do NHS privatisation, then the centrist media just responded by saying they were russian hacks
— Dave (@DaveCatsDave) November 22, 2021
They ridiculed @jeremycorbyn when he produced proof live on TV about privatisation of our NHS.
They ridiculed us on the doorstep for begging people not to vote Tory or we’d lose our NHS.
They’re not ridiculing us now, but it’s too bloody late 💔💔💔
— Julie Harrington 💚💜💜💙Refugees Welcome ❤️ (@celtjules66) November 21, 2021
No, they’re not ridiculing us now. They’re not reporting on NHS privatisation at all.
They’re reporting on Peppa Pig and “vroom vroom” noises.
And while his successor and his cronies talk ineffectively about proposed amendments to the Bill, the greatest prime minister we never had is still telling us what we need to know:
The #HealthAndCareBill is a charter for NHS privatisation and corporate profiteers.
It must be opposed.
The alternative is clear – we need to renationalise the NHS, scrap integrated care systems, and end PFI contracts.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 22, 2021
Sadly, when everybody else is screaming nonsense, the only reasonable voice in the room won’t be heard.
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Yes, just the latest in a very long line of ‘dead cats’ (apologies to cats and their owners everywhere) and just another step in raping and pillaging the country.