Coronavirus: Matt Lucas mocks Boris Johnson’s ‘confusing’ lockdown speech

The prime minister addressed the nation on Sunday night

Isobel Lewis
Monday 11 May 2020 09:09 BST
Matt Lucas mocks Boris Johnson's 'confusing' lockdown address

Comedian Matt Lucas took aim at Boris Johnson as he parodied his latest lockdown speech in a new video.

Doing a convincing impersonation of the Prime Minister, the Little Britain star mimicked Johnson’s unclear coronavirus update after viewers argued that the Sunday night address only left them more confused about the current guidelines.

“So, we are saying don’t go to work, go to work. Don’t take public transport, go to work, don’t go to work,” Lucas spluttered.

“Stay indoors. If you can work from home go to work, don’t go to work, go outside, don’t go outside. And then we will or won’t, something or other.”

During the speech, Johnson said that, while people should continue to stay at home as much as possible, construction workers should return to work from today (11 May) and people were free to use parks, provided they were with members of their household.

However, many viewers said that the speech had only made things more unclear as the government’s “stay at home” messaging was replaced with warnings to “stay alert, control the virus, save lives”.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all rejected his decision to ditch the “stay home” advice in favour of the new slogan.

Comedian Frankie Boyle also joked about the confusing new messaging, tweeting: “‘Stay alert’ to virus 0.125 microns in diameter, advises government scientist Doctor Manhattan.”

The previous day, Boyle had tweeted: “The government’s messaging on lockdown has had all the clarity of the hokey cokey.”

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