The worst-kept secret in politics since Dominic Cummings became Prime Minister was finally revealed at the weekend, as Boris Johnson and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, made a very personal announcement.
PM Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds are expecting a baby in early summer and are engaged, couple announce https://t.co/79HP3jJcNY
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) February 29, 2020
As the Telegraph and a lot of C-list Conservative MPs fell over themselves to congratulate the pair, much of Twitter had a different view of the news.
Many people wondered what number baby this might be for the fecund Johnson.
Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his 4th, 8th or 17th child.
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) February 29, 2020
in London you are actually never more than 5 feet away from something with Boris Johnson’s DNA in it
— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) February 29, 2020
While others thought the timing of the announcement was highly convenient as a distraction.
I am sure just a total coincidence but certainly convenient that the home office perm sec’s angry divorce from government is now fighting with the PM’s marriage and imminent baby for front page coverage
— Robert Peston (@Peston) February 29, 2020
If you’re thinking “boy he’s wasted a trump card announcing a birth to distract from the Priti Patel thing” you’re forgetting he’s probably got around 5 more birth announcements he can crack out at short notice
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) February 29, 2020
Feeling a little glum about Liverpool finally losing. Thank God Boris Johnson is having a baby. That’s really cheered me up.
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) February 29, 2020
It would be awful if my little domestic announcement yesterday happened to wipe the #CoronaVirus crisis and the Priti Patel story off all the front pages of the Sunday papers. pic.twitter.com/fqw1jJjFRp
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) March 1, 2020