Critics have accused Boris Johnson of marking an 11 am one-minute silence for the Plymouth shooting victims late after spotting that his wristwatch said the time was 11.14 am.
A picture was posted to the Prime Minister’s official Twitter page which said Boris Johnson observed a minute’s silence at 11 am as a sign of respect for the five people killed by Plymouth shooter Jake Davison last week.
But eagle-eyed social media users were keen to point out that, although the clock in the background said 11 am, Boris Johnson’s wristwatch showed the time was 11.14 am.
The error provoked a surge of critique from social media users with one writing that someone neglected to photoshop his watch or was he going to tell everyone that he likes putting his watch 14 minutes fast.
Journalist Chris Stokel-Walker added that it was incredible and that Boris Johnson’s wristwatch was a dead giveaway that this wasn’t taken at 11 am, despite the clock in the background.
Another added that at 11.14 am, according to his watch, he wound the clock back and paused for this photo op, but a Downing Street official insisted that the Prime Minister’s watch was running fast and that the minute’s silence was held at 11 am.
Writer Tracy King added she would go with the Prime Minister setting his watch forward by 15 minutes to ensure he’s not late for any meetings.
There has been a heartfelt plea for change as hundreds gathered in Plymouth to pay their respects to the five people killed in one of the UK’s worst mass shootings.
Community leaders, spiritual figures, lawmakers, emergency service workers and the military joined about 200 people outside the Guildhall in Plymouth city centre to hold a one minute’s silence.
They gathered to mourn and reflect on last week’s devastating events when gunman Jake Davison, 22, launched his killing spree in the Keyham area of the city.
Jake Davison shot his 51-year-old mother Maxine Davison, also known as Maxine Chapman, at a house in Biddick Drive before he went into the street and shot dead Sophie Martyn, aged three, and her father, Lee Martyn, 43.
In the 12 minute attack, Jake Davison then killed Stephen Washington, 59, in a nearby park before shooting 66-year-old Kate Shepherd, who later died at Derriford Hospital.
In Keyham people gathered in North Down Crescent park, the scene of Friday’s night vigil, to hold their own tribute.
Perhaps Boris Johnson was trying to time travel, or maybe this is just a sign that his time is up.
And don’t forget that this puppet always puts on a show for the masses because to him the whole world is his stage.
All that I can imagine is this man getting up in the morning to quickly scruff up his hair, and he still never gets where he’s going on time – I’m surprised he hasn’t got a mickey mouse watch to go with his hair because both would be equally entertaining, and if this is the best Britain can do in terms of a Prime Minister, I’d hate to imagine what the worst could be!
Perhaps they should have photoshopped Boris out and left the watch.
He stood there attempting to show respect for the dead, but what’s more important is that there were people out there that genuinely did want to show respect, and him standing there wasn’t going to make anyone feel any better because there was a photo of him standing there.