Premierminister Boris Johnson in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, am 22. November.
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LONDON – You know a prime minister caused a stir when a journalist asked, ‘Are you all right?’
But that’s exactly what happened on Monday after British President Boris Johnson gave a speech to Britain’s largest industrial lobby, the CBI.
What prompted an ITV News journalist to ask Johnson how he was doing was a rambling and sometimes disorganized speech by the Prime Minister in which he awkwardly rummaged through his notes after appearing to get lost in the middle of the speech before moving on to Tangent about the virtues of Peppa Pig World.
Johnson told business leaders at the Confederation of British Industry conference that he was at the Peppa Pig theme park, based on the world-famous children’s television show, and that it was “very much my place.”
A transcription of the speech Johnson delivered at Downing Street on Tuesday showed that the Prime Minister was trying to illustrate that the success of Peppa Pig, a British creation that later became world famous, was an example of “the inventive” power of the British economy. “
“I went to Peppa Pig World, as we all must. Hands up if you’ve been to Peppa Pig World? ” Johnson asked the audience and when they answered, stated that it was “not enough”.
“I was a little hazy about what I was going to find in Peppa Pig World, but I loved it. Peppa Pig World is very my place. It had very safe roads. Discipline in schools. Heavy emphasis on new mass transit systems, I noticed. Even if they are a bit stereotypical about Daddy Pig, ”he said with laughter from the audience.
“But the real lesson for me when I visited Peppa Pig World was the power of British creativity. Who would have thought, Tony, that a pig that looks like a hair dryer, or possibly some sort of Picasso-like hair dryer, a pig that … was rejected by the BBC, would now be exported to 180 countries. With theme parks in America, China and the New Forest, ”Johnson said, noting that the company was worth at least £ 6 billion ($ 8 billion). to Great Britain
This January 21, 2019 photo shows women walking past a poster for the Peppa Pig movie in a theater in Beijing.
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“I think it’s pure genius, doesn’t it? No government in the world, no Whitehall official in the world could have come up with Peppa, ”said Johnson.
The UK Prime Minister is known for his often eccentric wit and penchant for a publicity stunt – Johnson dangling from a zip line during the London 2012 Olympics is a memorable example.
But the tangent to Peppa Pig, coupled with the loss of his notes, sparked an amused and devastating reaction in the British media and political circles.
Johnson’s speech was branded “Shambolic” by a “senior Downing Street source” quoted by the Daily Mail. While a minister told City AM newspaper that the speech was “appalling” and reminded of the awkward television character Mr. Bean.
The left-wing Guardian described the speech as “bizarre” and noted that it fueled the concern of Johnson’s Conservative Party over his seizure of power.
The paper found that high-level lawmakers are increasingly concerned about the Prime Minister’s “competence and drive after giving a long speech to business leaders accused of losing control of a number of key policies from welfare to rail”.
Johnson’s slip up at the CBI conference is the most recent incident that has damaged the prime minister’s office in recent weeks. The government’s proposals to revise the country’s social security system were also heavily criticized, as was the decision to revise and reduce the rail infrastructure improvements planned for the north of England.
In addition, the government’s promise to “regain control of immigration” after the UK leaves the EU sounds increasingly hollow as thousands of migrants attempt to reach the UK coast in small boats.
Johnson has also come under fire for handling a “mud” dispute over MPs and whether they can have second jobs.
He bowed to pressure last week by suggesting banning lawmakers from acting as “paid political advisers or lobbyists”, but his handling of the situation and his relegation on the matter added to the boredom about his leadership.
Johnson’s approval ratings have dropped since the summer. The latest reading from a monthly YouGov poll of British adults found that 64% think Johnson is doing “badly” as Prime Minister, while only 29% think he is fine and 7% say they don’t know.