During his speech at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Annual Conference, Boris Johnson called Peppa Pig “pure genius” as he lost his place and struggled to deliver his address to business leaders. However, Boris Johson is not the only policymaker so fond of the iconic character from the globally-renowned animated children show. In fact, politicians often mention Peppa Pig in the British parliament as well as the government.
What did Boris Johnson mention during his CBI speech?
The Prime Minister’s CBI speech left many politicians from his own party concerned. Representatives of the business community, who visted the Confederation of British Industry Annual Conference, exptected Boris Johnson to outline strategic goals for “levelling up” the country and increasing economic recovery. Moreover, the Convervative party members suggest that the speech was especially important in light of the criticism from the business sector. Its members largely opposed Brexit and hoped for a more business-focused post-Brexit governmental approach. While Boris Johnson failed to outline concrete strategic goals for economic recovery, he did not forget to extensively praise Peppa Pig World, where he went with his son earlier.
Peppa Pig World is very much my kind of place – it had very safe streets, discipline in schools, heavy emphasis on new mass-transit systems, I noticed. Even if they are a bit stereotypical about Daddy Pig. But the real lesson for me about going to Peppa Pig World – I’m surprised you haven’t been there – was about the power of UK creativity.Boris Johnson, CBI Speech November 2021
After Boris Johnson’s speech, British policymakers took to Twitter to comment on his slip up. The number of tweets about Peppa Pig published by politicians reached 139 in the past week. Interestingly, in July, a few British policymakers tweeted about how watching Peppa Pig taught American children to speak with a British accent.
Here is what British policymakers had to say on Twitter:
Peppa Pig debated in the Parliament and mentioned by the government
Mentions of the famous cartoon character were relatively high in 2019 and 2021. The Policy-Insider.AI platform registered 21 related policy documents in the past four years.
During Tuesday’s discussion on the Health and Care Bill, MP Tonia Antoniazzi mentioned the Prime Minister’s trip to Peppa Pig World. In the meantime, MPs mentioned Johnson’s trip in a debate about the Age Assurance (Minimum Standards) Bill. Moreover, the Leader of the House of Commons mentioned the famous cartoon character in the Business of the House. When asked about a statement of support for the world puddle jumping championships, Rees-Mogg responded:
This is a brilliant idea, and who cannot recall the episode of “Peppa Pig” where Peppa decides to go and jump in a muddy puddle, that being her favourite activity?Jacob Rees-Mogg, 2020
In 2020 Members of the House of Lords criticized the children’s show during a debate about the Role of Women in Public Life. Baroness Bertin and Lord Watson of Invergowrie suggested that characters like Peppa Pig portray a bad example for young girls. Furthermore, Jo Swinson mentioned the character during a Westminister Hall Debate on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence.
We have read about children watching a video on YouTube of Peppa Pig being tortured at the dentist, which had been suggested by the website’s autoplay algorithm. In every one of those cases, we have a right to be concerned.Jo Swinson, 2020
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