David Cameron has been mocked after Downing Street admitted Photoshopping a poppy on to his Facebook profile picture, with Twitter users posting their own edited versions online.
The Prime Minister was among those who have accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for lacking patriotism and respect after he initially refused to say whether he would wear a red poppy for Remembrance Sunday, but Cameron has been given a taste of his own medicine after the gaffe by a member of his staff.
The popular parody account General Boles, which claims to be the king of Photoshop on Twitter and not the account of housing minister nick Boles, has gone into overdrive.
David Cameron's biggest controversies
David Cameron's biggest controversies
A book released by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft alleged that an MP and Oxford contemporary of David Cameron had allegedly seen a photograph of Mr Cameron performing a sex act on a pig while at university. Downing Street did not comment on the allegations and the peer said they could have been a case of mistaken identity
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2/8 ‘Swarm’ of migrants
In July 2015 David Cameron referred to refugees coming into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa as a “swarm”. He was criticised for using the language, which critics said was dehumanising
3/8 Child tax credits
In April 2015 David Cameron was asked whether he’d cut child tax credits. “No, I don’t want to do that,” he said, saying that he rejected reports that he would. Shortly after the election the Government unveiled cuts to child tax credits
4/8 Cycling to work
As leader of the opposition David Cameron was regularly photographed cycling to work. In early 2006 he was photographed cycling but with a driver in a car carrying his belongings. It was suggested at the time the cycling was just for show and that having two vehicles on the road instead of one was wasteful
5/8 Andy Coulson
David Cameron employed former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as government communications director from 2010. After stepping down from the post due to coverage of the phone hacking affairs, Mr Coulson was later found guilty of conspiracy to intercept voicemails. He served a short prison sentence
6/8 His personal windmill
Early in his leadership of the Conservative David Cameron made an effort to change the party’s image by making eco-friendly gesures. As one of these gestures, the future PM put a wind turbine on his house. However, the turbine later had to be removed after neighbours condemned it as an eyesore and the council’s planning committee said it had been put in the wrong place
7/8 Funeral selfie
David Cameron was pictured posing for a ‘selfie’ with Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Some in the press criticised the prime minister for showing in an inappropriately low level of respect for the gravity of the occasion
8/8 Eating a hotdog with a knife and fork
The Prime Minister was pictured eating a hotdog with a knife and fork in the run up to the 2015 general election. He was accused of being “posh”. “I had a very privileged upbringing... I've never tried to hide that,” he said
But first he expressed his relief at not being the culprit of the first Photoshop scandal.
Always thought I'd be the one at the centre of our first Photoshop scandal https://t.co/jKu16A4vvh— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) November 2, 2015
He also asked why no one from Downing Street had contacted him to help out with its Photoshop duties:
Seriously though, if you wanted a photoshopped poppy why wouldn't you call me? pic.twitter.com/fDGBla4ltv— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) November 2, 2015
He then suggested another Photoshopped version for the Prime Minister's Facebook profile:
And then came an idea for Ed Miliband's new profile pic:
General Boles also suggested a new trick for Corbyn to play at his next Prime Minister's Questions performance:
Others suggested placing the poppy on his face would have been just as obvious:
Some users tried to question Cameron's commitment to other charitable events:
While others tried to link it to #piggate:
Back to General Boles, who combined famous Scottish internet memes with Cameron's #Poppygate disaster, including the bizarre Balustrade Lanyard meme and the infamous photo of Alex Salmond feeding a woman a Solero ice cream, which went viral online.
For shame (part 2) pic.twitter.com/m9XN6QFB6d— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) November 2, 2015
One day there'll be an algorithm to do this stuff automatically pic.twitter.com/HAmhQLj2nt— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) November 2, 2015
Then things started to get weird:
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