PRITI Patel’s constant smirk and the ongoing national crisis aren’t generally thought to go well together. Here are some ways for the home secretary to try to look more sincere.
Think of someone you really care about, like Margaret Thatcher
Imagine that she’s one of the old folk in the under-resourced care homes right now, instead of people who don’t matter, like the general public or care workers. The smirk will fall away immediately, but probably only briefly.
Hold down the corners of your mouth and wait for a changing wind
Just make sure you only stand in the wind during your daily exercise and stay two metres away from everyone else. This method isn’t scientific and won’t be recommended by experts, but, as your pal Michael Gove says, Britain has had enough of experts.
Wear a mask at all times
Not only will people will think you are taking the coronavirus crisis seriously and doing your bit, but your smirk will be fully covered. If the smirk is likely to reach your eyes, pop a mask over them too. The NHS can’t get hold of masks, but you can because you’re far more important.
Copy people who frown a lot
The news is full of sad people, so study their facial expressions carefully and practise not looking like you’re perpetually amused by their misfortune. You won’t actually empathise, because your emotions are as cold as a Calippo, but you won’t appear to think this whole situation is a bit of a giggle.
Ask Boris Johnson for help
A stint in hospital helped Boris Johnson look like he was taking this crisis seriously. Ask him for some tips.