After the controversy surrounding his decision not to sing the National Anthem at a Battle of Britain memorial service in September, Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday was always likely to come under some scrutiny.
And moments after he laid a wreath to honour Britain’s war dead, there was a flurry of reaction on Twitter from those who felt he hadn’t given enough of a bow.
The criticism largely appeared to follow two lines – those who were outraged he hadn’t bowed at all, and those who felt his bow was only “half-hearted”.
Jeremy Corbyn didn't even bow. Such disrespect. #RemembranceSunday— Bekki Richards (@Bekki_R_92) November 8, 2015
Was that a bow from Corbyn as he laid his wreath #RemembranceSunday or an excuse for one?— Carole Malone (@thecarolemalone) November 8, 2015
Oh come on, Mr Corbyn, surely a bow was in order when laying your wreath #RemembranceSunday— Lisa Settle (@LisaMsettle) November 8, 2015
That lefty Corbyn was the only one not to bow his head when he put down the wreath on the cenotaph, really is a disgrace to the lab party.— William (@walsallcharlie) November 8, 2015
Corbyn's semi head bow is a triviality to me, what is of greater significance to me is that commemorates IRA terrorists. #RemberanceSunday— Robbie Travers (@RobbieTravers) November 8, 2015
For others, the uproar itself on Remembrance Sunday was a cause for dismay, with supporters of Mr Corbyn mocking attempts to provide a “microanalysis” of the Labour leader’s actions.
Those saying Corbyn didn't bow properly at the Cenotaph: a deeper bow will be photoshopped on later.— David Schneider (@davidschneider) November 8, 2015
Yer da is at the telly with a protractor to measure the exact angle of Jeremy Corbyn's bow.— Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) November 8, 2015
You can decide for yourself if Mr Corbyn’s bow was respectful enough – and indeed if it warranted such a Twitter storm in the first place – by watching it below.
The Queen was the first to lay a wreath on Sunday morning, leading the nation in honouring members of the armed forces killed in conflict as services took place around the country.Reuse content