KEIR Starmer boringly removed his jacket and carried on with his speech after having glitter thrown at him yesterday. Which politicians would have responded with a bit more spunk?
John Prescott punching an egg thrower
Back in 2001, John Prescott was hit in the face by an egg while walking to an election rally in North Wales. Rather than shrug it off with a smooth but dull comment, Prescott instantly punched the mulleted protestor clean in the jaw. Can you imagine Sir Keir doing that? He’d probably pull a muscle.
Andrea Jenkyn giving the finger
Love her or hate her – and, let’s face it, it’s going to be the latter – Andrea Jenkyn didn’t respond to people protesting before Boris Johnson’s resignation speech with bland platitudes. Instead, she gave them the finger. Definitely not fitting behaviour for a politician, but entertainingly bolshy nonetheless.
Gordon Brown saying ‘That bigoted woman’
After being heckled during a live TV interview about ‘all these Eastern Europeans what are coming in’, Gordon Brown described her on a hot mic as ‘that bigoted woman’ and everyone lost their shit. The comment still divides people now, but it’s the type of frustrated response you’d never get from beige-tongued Sir Keir, who presumably only voices his actual opinions about anything behind closed, locked, soundproof doors.
Peter Mandelson calling being slimed ‘non-violent’
People are on a hair trigger to have a massive drama over everything nowadays, so can you imagine a politician having an unknown substance flung at them in the street and shrugging it off as ‘simply harmless custard’? That’s what Peter Mandelson did when an environmental protestor threw a cup of green liquid at him. Nowadays he’d condemn them in no uncertain terms and Twitter would be full of people insisting they were publicly executed as a ‘security threat’.
Nigel Farage being annoyed about a milkshake
Despite being a bellend who played a big part in turning the UK into a raging bin fire, Farage reacted quite amusingly to having a milkshake chucked over him in public. Rather than get ragingly angry he tutted at his bodyguards and said ‘it’s a complete failure’, like a dad who’s asked their child to pull him a pint from the keg of homebrew he keeps under the stairs. He’s not annoyed, just disappointed. Shame about that whole ‘knackering the economy’ and ‘rise in hate crimes’ business, eh Nige, you old funster?