A woman’s clueless but hilarious response to Boris Johnson‘s resignation yesterday has got people calling for her to become the new Prime Minister.
In case you somehow managed to miss it, Boris Johnson addressed the nation yesterday to formally resign as the leader of the Conservative party and agree to step down as Prime Minister following a tidal wave of 59 resignations by ministers, MPs, and other government officials – including Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid.
Johnson had been increasing pressure to step down from his position in recent weeks amid several scandals, from Partygate to Pincher.
The Prime Minister said his resignation speech: “I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world – but them’s the breaks.”
He also assured people that “our future together is golden”.
As is often the case in the aftermath of significant political bombshells such as this, news reporters grabbed their cameras and headed out onto the streets across the country to ask people for their take on what went down – and one woman’s response in a now-viral video on social media has left some feeling that she should throw her hat into the ring to take over as the country’s next leader.
Speaking to the BBC in Darlington, the clueless woman said that she wasn’t even aware Johnson had decided to step down from his, but she was pretty pleased about it.
“I didn’t even know he’s resigned,” she exclaimed. “I’ve just finished work so, well that’s a bit of good news, I suppose, isn’t it?”.
It wasn’t a very long response, but it was all she needed to go viral.
Shortly after her interview was aired on television, the clip was shared to Twitter and it has since gone on to amass over three million views and counting, as well as tens of thousands of retweets, likes, and of course, comments from people hailing her as an “icon”.
“Get her in Number 10 now,” one Twitter user said.
Heaping praise on the unnamed woman, another Twitter user commented: “Iconic queen.”
“New queen just dropped,” wrote a third, with another adding: “She’s an icon, she’s a legend and she IS the moment.”
Another commented: “Bless her heart. Protect her at all costs.”
Presumably having got wind that she was going viral on social media, the woman in the video identified herself on Twitter as Erin Mae Denny with the brilliant and appropriate response of “look mum, I’m on TV”.
Her Twitter response has also gone viral, with plenty of people calling her a ‘legend”, sending her praise, and describing it as: “Genuinely the greatest vox pop ever featured on national television”
“You can’t get a more British reaction to a massive piece of news than this, absolutely perfect,” another added.
“To any non brits here, this is what we call a masterclass in great British understatement.”
Crown Paints hit with more than 100 complaints over new ‘misogynistic’ and ‘offensive’ advert
A Northern-based paint company has been hit with more than 100 complaints over its new TV advert, which has been branded “offensive”.
Crown Paints – which is based in Darwen in Lancashire – released the advert in question earlier this month, and through a cast of actors, singers, and spoken word performers, it tells the story of a young couple named Hannah and Dave.
The couple were said to have met at an illegal rave, and are now expecting their first child together.
Lyrics from the advert’s jingle include: “Now a baby’s coming and they don’t know what it is. Hannah’s hoping for a girl, Dave’s just hoping that it’s his.
“They’re happy that their spare room’s no longer grey because there’s a baby on the way.”
Since its release and airing on TV screens across the UK, an Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) spokesman said it had received 150 complaints about the advert – which it is “currently assessing to determine if there is a potential problem under our rules and, if so, whether there are grounds for further action”.
The ASA says the majority of complaints are mainly focused on whether the content in the advert is appropriate to be shown on television, as well as many taking to social media and calling it out for being “totally derogatory” towards women.
Comedian Jennie Eclair was one of the more prominent figures to complain to Crown Paints on social media earlier this week, tweeting: “Hey Crown Paints, get that offensive baby ad off air – what were you thinking!!!? What on earth possessed you?”
Author and podcast host, Daisy Buchanan, was one of the many people to welcome Eclair’s tweet and say in response: “I honestly thought it was me being mad”.
One viewer took to Twitter and said: “Totally derogatory of women, questioning her fidelity. Take it off because it won’t sell much paint.”
Others said it was “offensive”, “misogynistic”, and a “serious error of judgement”.
Crown Paints then responded to Eclair’s tweet saying: “Our ads are intended to give a humorous account of our characters’ stories. We appreciate that people have differing tastes when it comes to humour and whilst the ad has been broadly well received, we apologise if the remark has caused offence to anyone.”
But Eclair still said she felt that the advert “set up a scenario that implies a woman has possibly conned a man into fatherhood”.
Following both the growing online backlash, and the 150 official complaints about the advert, Crown Paints has issued a formal statement addressing the claims.
A spokesperson said: “This ad is one in a series that is intended to celebrate special moments in life in a humorous way.
“The characters of Hannah and Dave are shown to be in a happy relationship and preparing for their new arrival. There are no negative connotations intended from any of the lyrics and whilst the ad has been broadly well received, we recognise that people have differing tastes in humour.
“We apologise if any of the lines have caused offence.”
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Experts warn that Flying Ant Day is imminent and it could be ‘any day’ now – but what is it?
Gardening experts are warning that the annual phenomenon known as Flying Ant Day is right around the corner, and it could be “any day” now.
Flying Ant Day is apparently on its way too, and it could be here before we know it.
As a thunderstorm warning now in place for much of the country, with heavy rain, wind, and general stormy conditions forecast set to bring potential flooding, damage to buildings, and disruption, the change in weather could also bring flying ants.
Post-heatwave is usually considered to be the ideal time of year for the creatures fill the air in swarms, according to experts, but while the annual occurrence is called Flying Ant Day, most of the time, it isn’t just a one-day thing.
But what actually is Flying Ant Day? What should we be expecting? And is there any way to make sure flying ants don’t get inside our homes?
What is Flying Ant Day?
To sum it up simply, Flying Ant Day – which is scientifically referred to as nuptial flight – is a natural annual event that sees countless of the flying insects take to the skies in a bid to avoid the heat.
It marks the day or time of year where virgin queens mate with males to start new colonies.
While it’s impossible to predict an exact day for the annual occurrence, there have been warnings that 2022’s Flying Ant Day could take place any time from 15 August, so we’re already a day overdue and it’s worth keeping an eye out.
What are the experts saying?
“Most of us have been enjoying the heatwave, but while we’ve been making the most of the sun, a storm has been brewing,” explained Chris Bonnett – founder of Gardening Express.
“There is no specific day for Flying Ant Day, it’s usually just around mid to late August and it typically happens after a heatwave [and] the reason for this being that ants prefer humid weather and they use this time to get on the lookout for a new home and whilst that’s all well and good, it becomes a real nuisance for those of us who enjoy spending time in our gardens and outdoors.
“Ants in the UK aren’t dangerous, but they can be extremely irritating.”
How can I stop flying ants getting into my home?
Gardening Express has also given a handful of top tips to keep flying ants outside and stop them from entering into our homes.