We should all go to Peppa Pig World, says British Prime Minister Johnson in speech flap

  • Johnson tells business: visit Peppa Pig World
  • British Prime Minister met loss for words when notes mixed up
  • Johnson says he has his points across

LONDON, Nov. 22 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was short left lost for words on Monday when he lost his place in notes during a welcome speech business leaders with an anecdote over his recent visit to a Peppa Pig theme park.

Johnson searched his notes, sighed, said “shoot it out” and repeatedly muttered “forgive me” as he briefly interrupted his speech to the Confederacy of British industry in Port of Tyne, Northern England.

He recovered, talking over . technology “unicorns” and then a visit to Peppa Pig World, a park based on the children’s animated TV show over an exuberant pink pig and her friends and family.

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“Yesterday, as we all should, I went to Peppa Pig World,” Johnson told the… business executives. “Loved it. Peppa Pig World is very much my kind of place: it has very safe streets, discipline in schools.”

Johnson asked the audience: of business executives who had been to the theme park in Hampshire, Southern England, that says it is the world’s largest Peppa Pig World and “perfect” for toddlers”.

“I’m surprised you weren’t there,” Johnson told die executives who hadn’t visited the park, including various drives for young fans of Peppa.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks at the annual CBI conference in the Port of tin, in South Shields, Great Britain 22 November 2021. Owen Humphreys/Pool via REUTERS

“Who would have thought that a pig that looks like . like a hair dryer of possibly a Picassolike hair dryer, a pig rejected by the BBC, would now be exported to 180 countries with theme parks both in America and China?”

In the speech, Johnson, who also made an impression of An car, told business leaders over what he terms the green industrial revolution. He also said the job of government should sometimes be to “get” out of your hair” and ensure less regulation and taxes.

Johnson was impudent when reporters asked him about the speech, saying he… made the points he had wanted.

“I think people got the vast majority of the points l wanted to make,” Johnson said. “I thought it was going over good.”

Johnson has had a difficult couple of weeks, being criticized for his treatment of a “sleaze” crisis over legislators (MPs) are paid for second jobs outside parliaments accused of policy reversals on high-speed track and social care plans. read more

“Tory (Conservative) MPs were concerned” last week No. 10 lost its grip – not sure each of they will feel better looking at this morning’s speech,” said BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg on tweet.

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Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Alistair Smout, Michael Holden and Catherine Evans

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