Cameras set up to create appearance of support – but candid photo shows 5-10 supporters alongside journalists, MPs and aides
Boris Johnson booked Birmingham NEC for his campaign launch this evening – or more precisely a part of it. And his event only filled a tiny portion of the booked part – as a candid snap showed:
Even the number of people visible in this picture is deceptive. Closer analysis reveals approximately one hundred journalists and camera crew, fifty MPs and fifty Tory aides – with a mere handful of actual supporters.
Of course, the scene was filmed by media to give a very different impression:
But the candid picture shows the embarrassing reality.
If this seems somehow familiar, that’s because it is. In 2017, cameras captured almost empty buildings around Theresa May:
And David Cameron was as embarrassingly unable to draw a crowd as his Bullingdon Club buddy Johnson:
The Tories’ general election campaign launch day has been one disaster after another, with a Cabinet resignation over rape cover-up allegations and party chair James Cleverly being empty-chaired after hiding from a Sky interviewer when he was supposed to be defending Jacob Rees-Mogg’s astonishing arrogance.
And it has been capped by the accidental revelation that Johnson’s supposed ‘man of the people’ popularity is as fake as the rest of him.
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