Bonfire Society chooses Boris Johnson as their 2018 satirical effigy
By Georgina Vincent on Thursday, November 1, 2018
It has certainly been an eventful 2018 for Boris Johnson thus far. He has been seen dominating the headlines since quitting his post as Foreign Secretary and has publicly gone toe to toe with the Prime Minister on multiple occasions this year regarding Brexit issues.
As a direct result, he has been chosen by the Edenbridge Bonfire Society in Kent as their latest celebrity guy to burn this Bonfire night.
The 36ft (11m) less than flattering effigy of Mr Johnson is depicted eating a Brexit styled cake whilst wearing his cycling helmet, Hawaiian shorts, mismatched socks and the infamous red Brexit bus in place of his slippers. The effigy also sports a rosette marking the society’s 90th year.
Artist Andrea Deans, who painted the creation, said: “As with last year there were many strong contenders for this year’s celebrity Guy, particularly in the political world. This year Boris was the obvious option, plus he’s great to caricature and I’ve wanted to paint him for a long time.”
Mr Johnson is but the latest in a long line of controversial famous figures to burn at the annual event. Last year saw the burning of a Harvey Weinstein effigy in response to the number of sexual assault allegations which came to light.
Other past caricatures have also included Donald Trump and disgraced Ex President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter.
Laura Lawrence, spokesperson for the society, has formally invited Boris to this year’s event with Chairman Bill Cummings saying he hopes he will take the satiric doppelganger in “good spirits”.
Over to you Mr Johnson.