What happened to catch it, kill it? Dominic Raab goes VIRAL for UK parliament coughing antics
With this sitting in the House of Commons coming hot on the heels of the news that Health Minister Nadine Dorries has contracted the coronavirus, the timing couldn't have been worse.
The speech also saw the British government pledge a package of £30 billion ($39 billion) to protect the economy from the impact of Covid-19, so all eyes were on Westminster and, more specifically, a rather pallid Dominic Raab.
Dominic Raab is coughing his guts out and not covering his mouth with a tissue. Who says Tories aren’t generous – he’s more than happy to share his germs with everyone.#PMQs#coronavirusukpic.twitter.com/0odiCCDVpU— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) March 11, 2020
Demonic Raab is looking a bit peaky. So much for the government sticking to their own self-isolation advice. #Budget2020— Jonathan Pie (@JonathanPieNews) March 11, 2020
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps could be seen looking daggers at Raab across the front benches as the foreign secretary repeatedly spluttered into his hand, contrary to all public health organization warnings about best practices during the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak.
Grant Shapps looking at Dominic Raab coughing everywhere and being like 'aaahhhh shit'. pic.twitter.com/bG00Bb3eAf— Ailsa Johnstone (@MmmPolitics) March 11, 2020
Online commentary was far more visceral, however, with many evoking sci-fi horror films about zombies, viruses and, naturally, aliens.
“Looks like we're only minutes away from the bit where he collapses, David Frost & Liz Truss try to hold him down, then Chris Grayling bursts out of his chest, squealing,” wrote one user, evoking the ‘Aliens’ franchise, replete with chest-busting aliens.
Doctors : Catch it, bin it, kill it.Dominic Raab : pic.twitter.com/lEJhx4PMco— Phil Bird (@PhilBird19) March 11, 2020
Dominic Raab is definitely the guy who gets bitten by a zombie and doesn't tell anyone— Will Rayner (@WillRayner__) March 11, 2020
“Dominic Raab is like the one in the zombie film who is trying to pretend everything's fine but is slowly turning a sickly shade of yellow and starting to fantasise about devouring the contents of someone's skull,” another commenter quipped.
Wednesday also saw the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK jump by 83 up to 456, so Raab’s parliamentary performance will do little to ease the fears of worried Britons.
Anyone else notice Dominic Raab constantly coughing during #Budget2020?Not exactly reassuring. Especially when he coughs straight into his hands. 🤢— Cllr Tristan Clarkson 🔶 (@TristanCIarkson) March 11, 2020
the way Dominic Raab's coughing, the next Cabinet meeting will have MacReady testing everyone pic.twitter.com/UB16qCEXbM— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) March 11, 2020
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