10 times politicians became memes in 2021 – from awkward photos to weird speeches
As the Covid pandemic continues to affect daily life and supply chain shortages cause headaches, the bizarre scandal of the case here, some squalid discovered there and those With the so-called Christmas celebrations grabbing the headlines, it’s fair to say that 2021 has been a good year for UK politics.
Much like the literary canons of the past, we can immortalize these historical events (thanks to the power of the internet) through hilarious memes – after all, who can forget David Cameron’s dirty talk, Ed Miliband insisting that ‘It’s âtough enough,â Jeremy Corbyn’s âWe’re backâ speech and Theresa May’s no dance – just to name a few.
It’s no different this year. How else would we get through these dark times?
So let’s take a trip down the memory lane with a chronological look at all the different times politicians have become memes this year (and there are LOTS of them).
The low budget press photo becomes an instant meme
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Photo calls can be the source of some meme-worthy content – and that was the case with the Spring Budget.
The image, taken by the Press Association in March, shows Sunak on the stairs of Number 11, alongside other members of his Treasury team, such as Steve Barclay and Kemi Badenoch.
We are sure it will look like something from the horror movie The brilliant wasn’t exactly the vibe Chancellor Rishi Sunak was looking for, although people couldn’t help but point out the odd angle and positioning of the shot.
Keir Starmerthe leadership of is remembered after the defeat of Hartlepool
Labor leader Keir Starmer couldn’t avoid the treatment of memes after the historic defeat of a by-election in Hartlepool in May this year. The seat was once a former Labor stronghold, held by the party since 1974 and which has fallen to the Tories.
Sadly, people couldn’t help but create wild memes to highlight the brutal turn of events for Labor.
Nicola Sturgeon Gives A Thumbs Up Becomes A Meme
In the Scottish Parliament election, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave reporters a boost as she campaigned for re-election in her Glasgow Southside constituency – while (spoiler alert – she won her seat).
Despite the thumbs up, she didn’t seem cheerful at all (some shaking on Election Day maybe?) Whatever the reason, the photo was turned into a hilarious meme by the amused Twittersphere as people used it. as a reaction photo.
Matt Hancock running away from reporter triggers jokes
Sometimes the most unexpected moments can turn into an instant meme – which Matt Hancock certainly was when he dodged reporters ‘questions about Dominic Cummings’ explosive hearing.
Instead of answering questions, he urged those over 30 to get vaccinated, before jogging and as he sprinted, reporters tried to question the Health Secretary again. era, but instead decided to wave awkwardly at the cameras. , and therefore from the strange answer – a meme was born.
People compared Hancock’s move to something straight out of an Alan Partridge comedy and joked about the way he got away.
Hancock became a meme a second time after it was revealed he was having an affair with his assistant Gina Coladangelo.
Worst of all, we must have seen this with our own eyes when CCTV footage from Hancock’s office in Whitehall leaked showing the couple kissing in April – breaking Covid restrictions that were still in place.
As a result, Hancock dramatically resigned his post as Health Secretary on June 26 after admitting to breaking Covid rules.
Of course, this political bombshell caused an explosion of memes all over the story.
And the memes certainly didn’t end there, when Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie were pictured watching the England vs Germany Euro 2020 game on his office TV – and Twitter immediately knew what to do.
A photographer decided to overlay CCTV footage of Hancock and Coladangelo kissing on the TV screen where Johnson and his wife were watching football.
Dominic Raab makes a phone call
Another image released by the government has made people laugh this year.
This time around, people on Twitter were ridiculing a press photo of then-Foreign Secretary Raab sitting at his desk talking on the phone. The photo was released when Raab was criticized for going to a five-star resort on the Greek island of Crete, as the Taliban marched on the Afghan capital, Kabul, to take control of the country.
Through the art of memes some made fun of him for it, as they imagined what Raab was saying on the phone and hilariously guessing exactly who he was talking to on the other end of the phone.
Keir Starmer writes 14,000-word essay on his view of the Labor Party
Often criticized for not taking a firm stand on the issues, Labor leader Keir Starmer certainly proved critics wrong when he laid out his vision for the party in a 14,000 essay titled “The Road Ahead,” published by the Fabian Society think tank.
But this time, Starmer was roasted for the sheer length of the trial which some found too long and a bit boring.
Boris Johnson mask-less hospital visit
Of course, that wouldn’t be a summary of memes without the Boris Johnson meme magnet itself. In November, he was pictured without a mask as he greeted nurses during a visit to Northumberland hospital.
Not exactly an example.
While the move sparked backlash on Twitter, the humorous late-night chat show The last step asked viewers to come up with their best photo caption ideas using the hashtag #BorisInAHospital for the show.
Johnson made memes history again when a rambling CBI speech didn’t go as well as he hoped when he used it to reveal he had spent his Sunday afternoon to Peppa Pig World with his wife Carrie and son Wilfred, marveling at the “pure genius comic book creation.”
There was no shortage of bizarre reference on Twitter, where people were quick to post memes related to Peppa-PM to emphasize the completely randomness of it all.
This so-called Downing Street Christmas party
Ending things on a festive note, it looks like the latest government scandal has taken on a life of its own online.
The government has faced several allegations of parties that took place as the UK was under strict Covid lockdown restrictions – and public outrage ensued over the claims.
Video then emerged of staff at Number 10 chatting and joking about how they would respond to media questions about the alleged parties and the fallout from that ultimately led Johnson’s spokeswoman at the time – Allegra Stratton – to to resign.
Although the Prime Minister denied that the parties took place and that Covid rules were followed, he announced that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case would investigate whether any of the parties took place. Then Case stepped down from that role over allegations he was involved in some of his own parties – the scandal continues over and over again.
As you can imagine, the scandal sparked a strong (and creative) public response as memes related to the case spread like wildfire on Twitter.
For every meme-worthy scandal, comedian Munya Chawawa is always guaranteed to create a hilarious video about it.
Piers Morgan also had a joke about it all.
If 2021 is anything to do, then 2022 should be just as crammed with hilarious political memes.