LONDON – Theresa May’s keynote speech on the government’s new measures for tackling the national housing crisis was somewhat overshadowed on Monday morning by the set designer’s strange choice of backdrop.
Speaking in central London, the prime minister told industry leaders that she would increase the number of affordable homes by re-writing planning rules to ensure future building rates match the number of planning permissions.
However, while May wanted all eyes to be on her new housing policies, people watching the speech were distracted by the large mock-up brick wall displayed behind her.
Here’s May delivering her big housing speech
The Telegraph’s Jack Maidment was quick to point out that the prime minister looked like she was addressing the nation from inside a chimney.
It looks like Theresa May is giving her big speech on housing while standing inside a chimney. pic.twitter.com/4cT3Q19Fvs
— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) March 5, 2018
This prompted Guido’s Ross Kempsell to depict the prime minister as a sweeper of chimneys.
Twitter did not simply stop there, though.
Here May is likened to every child’s favourite fictional train, Thomas the Tank Engine.
— Chris Mandle (@chris_mandle) March 5, 2018
And here she is compared to another hero of British children’s TV – Bob the Builder.
Things then got a bit out of hand…
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) March 5, 2018
Build faster! pic.twitter.com/q0F2xTVXdo
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) March 5, 2018
— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) March 5, 2018
Speeches by British politicians have a history of being overshadowed by their backdrops – and this current government is no exception.
Last year the Conservative Party’s election campaign launch was overshadowed after photographers cropped the backdrop in an unfortunate manner.