The humorous highlights of the 2015 UK general election
7 min read
05 May 2015
Over the last few months politicians have tried to woo the public into voting for them at the general election on May 7 through a variety of media opportunities. However, they weren't always in the news for the right reasons. Real Business canvassed the web for the most amusing moments up until now.
According to The Gaurdian, Labour leader Ed Miliband has “sought to redefine the election debate as a clash between competing political values”.
This has led to the recent debate of whether he is battling to save the UK from the dark side. Yes, it’s a Star Wars reference. The public have taken it unto themselves to find out which Star Wars character each UK party leader would be.
It turns out that David Cameron would play leading villain Darth Vader, although many believe Nigel Farage would pine for the role, while Nick Clegg would be either C-3PO and R2-D2.
As for Miliband, the below tweet says it all:
— Cool Ed Miliband (@cooledmiliband) April 18, 2015
Let’s not get started on the trend that is #Milifandom. The two front runners in the general election have each acquired an unlikely of fanbase in the form of teenage girls. Cameron has his #Cameronettes, while Miliband replaced One Direction’s band members in an oddly creepy photoshop bonanza. Take the above tweeted photo as an example.
Need more proof?
— Cool Ed Miliband (@cooledmiliband) April 21, 2015
Moving away from Miliband, who could forget when the Green Party decided its political broadcast would feature a coalition boyband, including lookalikes of Miliband, Cameron, Clegg and Farage.
The media went on a frenzy when George Osborne visited Hecks Cider Farm with Cameron. The chancellor had his photo taken in a somewhat compromising position. Look closely and you’ll find his finger just visible below his belt. When you find it you’ll instantly know why the image went viral.
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A spokesperson for agency Western Daily Press, who was in charge of the day’s photography, said: “Sharp-eyed media observers spotted something about this photograph of George Osborne that eluded Western Daily Press’ proof-readers.
The chancellor’s right finger was lingering in an unfortunate – and innuendo-laden – position when he was pictured at Hecks Cider in Street, Somerset. Sorry Mr Osborne, this was one deficit we didn’t mean to expose.”
There was also a PR Twitter battle between the Labour and Conservative party, which started when Labour MP Emma Reynolds made a few mistakes in her interview regarding housing policy.
— CCHQ Press Office (@CCHQPress) April 14, 2015
— Labour Press Team (@labourpress) April 14, 2015
— Labour Press Team (@labourpress) April 14, 2015
Read on to find out how Clegg’s eyebrows could save the Liberal Democrats...
One of the most watched videos has been of Cameron cracking a joke in parliament to the tune of Sean Paul’s “Breathe”. The footage features Cameron responding to Stephen Pound’s question of whether he was willing to disassociate himself from the “snobbish and disdainful” bingo and beer advertisements tweeted by Grant Shapps.
Of course, his response started a #thuglife Twitter trend.
Cameron also made the mistake of forgetting the date of the general election. During a campaign speech in Enfield, where he tried to justify the shocking GDP figures, he told staff at radar firm Kelvin Hughes: “I have a guarantee if I’m your prime minister after the 9th…”
After the 7 May…
Of course, someone managed to snap the below live footage of Farage.
— Unnamed Insider (@Unnamedinsider) April 2, 2015
Boris Johnson recently compared Nicola Sturgeon and Miliband to dogs. Johnson told The Sun that a Labour-SNP government would be “supine, useless [and] federalist”.
He added: “Sturgeon will be the poodle of Brussels and Miliband will be the chihuahua. If you want change in Europe you have got to vote Conservative.”
And remember the Photoshop experts behind masterpieces such as Milibond and Ediana Jones? We’re waiting for something to pop up. In the mean time, they took hold of Cameron’s claim of having “a tiger, a lion, a yeti”. It was in response to a question asking if he had a “tiger in his tank“.
PM attacks critics, insisting he has “not just a tiger, there’s a couple of elephants, a lion and a yeti in the tank” pic.twitter.com/Kdefhhk4mq
— #SunNation (@SunNation) April 12, 2015
Perhaps the strangest revelation has been that Nick Clegg can save his party from electoral oblivion by using his eyebrows.
It seems that the deputy prime minister uses his eyebrows better than any of the other party leaders when he wants to use emphasis to make a point.
Katie Hopkins has rather unsurprisingly been working on a guide to help Brits decide which party to vote for.
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) April 29, 2015
We’ll leave you with this Marvin Gaye video from Sky News that features Farage, Natalie Bennett, Clegg and Leanne Wood in various pouting poses.