Theresa May has been mocked after showing off her ‘maybot’ dance moves on the opening day of her Africa trade trip.
The Prime Minister failed to impress with her attempts at dancefloor diplomacy, with many comparing her to a robot after footage emerged of her bobbing up and down as she was greeted at a school in Cape Town by a group of pupils dancing energetically.
Mrs May smiled and laughed throughout and later joined in with a second dance during her visit to the ID Mkize School.
At a packed school assembly, she told the pupils: “Can I thank all those young people who were involved in the performances outside who welcomed me.”
Regret to inform that Theresa May dancing in South Africa is exactly as bad as you would expect https://t.co/nwceMJlBYE
— Katie Martin (@katie_martin_fx) August 28, 2018
Theresa May dancing in South Africa. Yes, it will make your toes curl with embarrassment. https://t.co/0RFzpglxQG
— Jonathan Norris (@jonnorris12) August 28, 2018
wow, i was expecting Theresa May dancing with South African school kids to be awkward. But instead it was actually really, really awkward. https://t.co/JzQthKWW2f
— sam learmonth (@samlearmonth) August 28, 2018
Theresa May dancing. pic.twitter.com/Oy9LDkFs5C
— Tom McLaughlin (@TheTomMac) August 28, 2018
And, as ever, it wasn’t long before people started sharing their own versions.
There was Status Quo…
— Patrick Smith (@psmith) August 28, 2018
— Graham Love (@GLove39) August 28, 2018
The Notorious BIG…
So I took that video of Theresa May dancing and added some Notorious BIG cos that’s how I roll.
Sound on! pic.twitter.com/Idqaro9356
— Micky Welch (@m1cvv) August 28, 2018
And even The Inbetweeners…
Theresa May looks like she learned how to dance by watching The Inbetweeners Movie pic.twitter.com/j9VQqeOSO4
— Haydn Jeavons (@HaydnJeavons) August 28, 2018
The PM is in South Africa as part of a three-day trade mission to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.
Mrs May is expected to declare her desire for the UK to overtake the United States to become the G7’s leading investor in Africa by 2022, amid warnings of “greater conflict and an increased susceptibility to extremism” emerging if jobs are not created.
This morning she played down warnings made last week by Philip Hammond about the dangers posed by a no-deal Brexit.
She conceded that no agreement with the EU “would not be a walk in the park” and insisted that ministers are putting in place measures to ensure the government can “make a success of no deal”.
Mrs May said she remains confident a ‘good deal’ can still be struck, and said that the Chancellor was highlighting “work in progress” figures released in January when he published a letter just hours after the government started revealing its no-deal Brexit preparations.
Mr Hammond was accused by Tory backbenchers of launching another “project fear” by referring to disputed provisional analysis which claimed GDP could fall and borrowing could be around £80 billion a year higher by 2033/34 if Britain resorted to World Trade Organisation terms.