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BBC presenter ribs Prime Minister for failure to remember that Wales is at Euros

14 Jun 2021 3 minute read
David Cornock presents the advert

A BBC Parliament presenter has recorded a mock infomercial-style advert ribbing the Prime Minister for his failure to remember that Wales is competing at the Euros.

Former BBC Wales journalist David Cornock recorded an advert for BBC Parliament in which he is dressed in a Wales top and reminded Boris Johnson to keep on top of current affairs.

“Does your memory sometimes let you down? Are you perhaps a Prime Minister who can’t remember which of the Home Nations qualified for the Euros?” he asks.

“Fear not – help is at hand! Watch the Week in Parliament at 8.30am on Monday morning, for a not so subtle reminder,” he adds, before pointing at his badge.

The advert came after Boris Johnson wished England and Scotland luck at Euro 2020 in the House of Commons on Wednesday,  but failed to mention Wales.

The international football tournament was brought up at a session of Prime Minister’s Questions by the leader of the SNP in the House of Commons, Ian Blackford.

Blackford wished “all the best” Scotland, which to prompted Boris Johnson to do so too, as well as to England, and “all the home nations who may be playing”.

The Welsh national team is currently in their training camp in Baku in Azerbaijan, preparing for the competition, which is due to kick off on June 11.

Ian Blackford said: “I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the European Championships kicking off later this week.

“Can I take the opportunity to wish all the best to our country, Scotland, Steve Clarke and the team, and to remind the team it is time for heroes?”

Boris Johnson replied: “Can I by the way Mr Speaker wish all the very best to Scotland, and England, and all the home nations who may be playing in this…”

Pointing at Ian Blackford he added: I don’t know whether he is going to reciprocate Mr Speaker. But you never know. It’s worth a shot I thought. Oh, he did. There you go. That’s nice of him.”


On Friday Robbie Savage also sent a message to Boris Johnson after the gaffe. The pundit and former Welsh international midfielder reminded Boris Johnson that England were knocked out against Iceland in the last tournament, while Wales reached the semi-final.

Speaking at halftime during the Italy v Turkey opening match, Gary Lineker had asked Robbie Savage: “What will be a successful tournament for Wales – get through the group stage?”

“Yes I think so, if they can,” Robbie Savage said. “You know, if Boris Johnson’s watching tomorrow, Wales are in the tournament. If we can get through to the last 16, that will be good.

“Little old Wales again. I think Boris should realise that England got knocked out against Iceland in the last Euros, and Wales got to the semi-final. But hey.”

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3 years ago

I don’t think the Prime Porker of Downing Street is interested unless he think’s there might be a shag or a shekel for himself

3 years ago

As a Wales fan did notice this foot in mouth chestnut from England’s Prime Minister. Am I surprised? No. The Tories are the Tories. Ignorance is bliss and they are blissfully ignorant. #YesCymru

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
3 years ago
Reply to  Richard

Cymru am byth 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

3 years ago

Well done David but to be honest Johnson can stick his faux good wishes where the sun don’t shine.

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