The BBC featured an electioneering speech from Theresa May today – in Bolton. As they did with Cameron in 2015, the camera angles were kept tight on May and a few stalwarts around her to give the impression of a crowd. Except that at the end, you could tell there were barely enough hands clapping to fill a clock face.
It was Bolton, after all. A less flattering shot showed she had hardly anyone there and the few lost souls who’d wandered in thinking it’s normally bingo on a Wednesday looked like they’d just been told they had a terminal illness. The placards they were holding up bore the, er, snappy slogan “Strong and stable leadership in the national interest”.
Trips off the tongue, eh? About as staid, pompous and self-important as May herself.
So the SKWAWKBOX thought we’d enhance that less flattering shot a little and improve on the slogan by adding just a little of what the electorate would really like to ask, or say to, the unelected and fear-driven PM. If the image doesn’t render large enough on your screen, zoom in on a smartphone or right-click and open in a new tab if on a PC/laptop:
If our edit tickles your fancy, feel free to use it. They must have scoured the area over a 30-mile radius to scrape even that many together prepared to be seen behind May, so they deserve a bit of limelight..
In contrast with May’s dry-as-dust and stage-managed indoor event, to which she travelled in a bullet-proof car, the supposedly unpopular Corbyn was in Croydon.
Not indoors and stage managed but out on the streets. His crowd didn’t need any kind camera angles – they were too busy mobbing him and trying to get autographs and selfies:
His speech wasn’t dull as ditchwater, either:
Meanwhile, May was leaving in her armoured car – but it couldn’t protect her from what the people of Bolton really thought of her. We’ll let a Boltonian driver have the last word, as reported by ITV’s Daniel Hewitt:
If the media try to tell you Corbyn and Labour have no hope in this election, they’re lying to you.
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