Boris Johnson was accused of “buffoonish” behaviour for chuckling and pulling a face whereas the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, spoke within the Commons of the terrifying ordeal confronted by thousands and thousands of Ukrainians.
As Sunak started his spring assertion, Johnson appeared to loosen up having simply confronted half an hour of prime minister’s questions.
Sunak’s severe manner as he paid tribute to individuals combating or sheltering from the Russian army appeared at odds with Johnson’s. For practically 15 seconds, the prime minister chuckled on the opposition benches, his shoulder shaking with laughter.
At one level, he appeared to drag a face, whereas the house secretary, Priti Patel, glowered at Labour MPs, seemingly disapproving of the quantity of noise within the chamber.
“As I stand here, men, women and children are huddled in basements across Ukraine seeking protection,” Sunak learn from his notes, whereas Johnson smiled at his aspect. “Soldiers and citizens alike have taken up arms to defend their land and families.”
A clip of the second was shared extensively on social media and considered practically 1.5m instances.
Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat MP, condemned the behaviour. She stated: “It’s all a joke to Boris Johnson. His buffoonery is a national embarrassment. He should apologise to the people of Ukraine. Their bravery stands in great contrast to Johnson’s childish behaviour.”
Johnson stated later within the day that he had spoken to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and praised the nation’s “steadfast resistance”.
In a tweet, the prime minister added: “The UK stands with Ukraine – we will send further defensive aid and they have our full backing in the negotiations.”