The 15 most awkward political gaffes
While politics is usually a slow, boring process of watching a pompous man in a suit make your life worse and his life better, sometimes they do something stupid. And as we all know, stupidity x pomposity = funny. Here are the most awkward political gaffes:
1. Michael Gove clapping
He starts clapping like he’s trying to fart with his hands, and ends up clapping like he’s in a De La Soul video.
2. The Leave Campaign have “no plan”
The was the moment that the (rapidly devaluing) penny dropped that we’re up shit creek and Boris is playing wiff-waff with the paddle. Faisal Islam appears stunned as he recounts a meeting with a Tory Leave Campaign MP who dropped the bombshell that despite campaigning for months for the biggest political upheaval in a generation…they “didn’t have a plan” for Brexit and “number 10 should have had one”. “I’m not making this up” says Faisal, but we wish he was.
3. John Redwood miming the Welsh National Anthem
John Redwood was appointed Secretary of State for Wales. Did he bother to learn the national anthem? Nah, just bluff it! This takes us all back to school assembly, pretending we knew the words to the hymns. The Tories clearly have it in for miming as much as they do for mining.
4. Ed Miliband repeating answer
Ed Miliband’s leadership was one slow car crash as he lurched from looking weird eating a sandwich to looking weird standing in front of a stone plinth. Here he repeats the same identically worded answer over and over and over like a malfunctioning robot. Lord knows how he became Leader of the Labour Party, he must be mental in job interviews.
5. Karl Rove dancing
Karl Rove is an American Republican political consultant and policy advisor to both Bush presidents. But don’t be fooled; he’s still Karly from the block, as he shows here spitting some dope lyrics and showing the fly boys how to bust a move:
6. Neil Kinnock falls on his arse
It’s 1983, it’s the eve of the Labour leadership conference. Neil Kinnock, the front runner, is feeling confident. An omen of things to come, one of the photographers following him nearly trips over a sandwich board. Kinnock says “If you want a real scoop, I’ll walk out there, on the water.”
Moments later he’s fallen on his arse in the sea. As another omen of how he’d drag the Labour party to defeat, he nearly drags his wife Glenys down with him. Deary me.
7. Jeremy Corbyn “Who are you?”
The Corbynator has tried to bring some dignity to UK politics. Piss off Jezza, we like our political debates childish. A classic line from a Tory MP here gets wild laughter while Corbyn tries to shrug it off like a geography teacher losing control of the class. “No…nooo…” Get a grip, man.
8. Boris Johnson knocks over a child
This is why people love Boris Johnson. During a photo opportunity playing touch rugby with some kids, most politicians would try not to clothesline a small child. But Boris flattens him anyway – sending a powerful message to the Japanese parliament. More effective than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.
9. George Bush massages Angela Merkel
George Bush is a treasure trove of awkward political gaffes, most of them due to him speaking like a village idiot learning to talk again after a stroke. But he doesn’t need to speak to cause offence. Here he is creeping the shit out of German leader Angela Merkel, who comes close to punching him.
10. Rob Ford admits smoking crack
The John Belushi of politics, the former mayor of Toronto got in a bit of bother when he was videoed smoking crack. His excuse? “I was probably in one of my drunken stupors”. That’s not an excuse, Rob! That’s another bad thing you did! It didn’t dent his approval ratings however, which were HIGHER following the scandal! Sadly, Rob has since passed away from cancer.
11. Ed Miliband gets TOUGH!
More vintage Miliband. He tries to talk tough on ISIS and it’s the most excruciatingly weak thing ever. This is what happens when you stop bullying in schools – kids never get the awkward goofy wonk punched out of them, and end up in an awkward political gaffe like this:
12. David Cameron forgets which football team he supports
Football is supposed to invoke passion amongst its supporters. Politicians are incapable of feeling emotions, so it’s no surprise that David Cameron completely forgot which football team he supports.
13. Gordon Brown calls a Labour voter a bigot
Prime Minister at the time Gordon Brown’s election campaign came off the rails when he forgot he was still mic’d up and called a voter a “bigot”. Which was wrong. She’d asked “where are all these Eastern Europeans flocking from?” They’re flocking from Eastern Europe, you flocking idiot.
14. Boris gets stuck in a zip line
Only Boris Johnson could get stuck on a zipline, dangling above people’s heads like a hairy pinata bellowing for someone to bring a ladder, and not have it even slightly affect his political career. No, the party boy of British politics wouldn’t fall out of favour with the British public until one of his drunken pranks (the Leave campaign) resulted in Britain rejecting Europe in place of recession and racism. Nice one, Bozo.
15. Sarah Palin can’t name a newspaper
Sarah Palin isn’t one of politics’ great thinkers. Here she’s asked what newspapers she reads, and garbles about “reading any and all of them”, but can’t name a single one. Even I can name an American newspaper, and I write this bobbins for a living. She’s basically Bush with a bush.
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