Theresa May’s speech will already be remembered for all the wrong reasons – from a Tory point of view – after the intervention of a man with a P45. A man of unknown motivation, although he seemed keen to look to Boris Johnson.
But if you thought the day couldn’t get any better – from an anti-Tory point of view – you’d be wrong. The backdrop to Mrs May’s speech had a message for her, too. One that you just couldn’t make up.
During her speech, caught on camera, the ‘F’ in the word ‘FOR’ in the slogan behind the PM chose to fall off:
An eloquent message indeed for an inanimate object. Twitter users weren’t slow to spot its signifiance:
Tory Party Conference literally telling @theresa_may to F off 😂 pic.twitter.com/MhPSqVcLhT
— For The Many (@ForTheMany2020) October 4, 2017
Interestingly, the BBC’s live feed chose to switch to a 24-second pan of the ‘crowd’ at exactly the right time to miss the critical moment:
It’s unlikely they knew what was about to happen, of course, but it’s certainly an interesting coincidence. When Mrs May reappears on screen, ‘FOR’ has already become ‘OR’. If you want to watch it on iPlayer, it happens between the 12.44 and 12.45 time-stamps.
While the BBC managed to miss the ‘F’ moment, it did catch Mrs May’s constant choking on her words – and the irony of a letter dropping off ‘A country that works for everyone’ is of course unmissable.
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