Just this weekend, the Tories were joining others in rounding on Labour for trying to politicise the World Cup – with a call for a bank holiday. But with the Conservative party now in the midst of blue-on-blue warfare over Theresa May’s Brexit position, that memo appears to have gone out of the window.
Ahead of England’s World Cup semi final match against Croatia on Wednesday, Henry Smith – the Conservative MP – took to Twitter to complain of an invite he had received from Chief Whip Julian Smith on behalf of No 10. The problem? He had been invited to watch the England match at Downing Street – but given that May ‘isn’t bringing Brexit home’ he thought it would be a ‘bad omen’ to attend:
Received this invite to watch tomorrow’s England-Croatia World Cup semi-final in 10 Downing Street. Seeing as the Prime Minister isn’t bringing Brexit home I’m concerned attending would be a bad omen for football coming home…I’ll pass. pic.twitter.com/1BjH6uczZG
— Henry Smith MP (@HenrySmithUK) July 10, 2018
In a sign of the times, Smith swiftly responded by telling Smith he could pass on the invite to a constituent:
Henry if you would like to transfer your invite to a constituent let me know. Let me have their name first thing-they will be welcome. https://t.co/k1t8Bsw06o
— Julian Smith MP (@JulianSmithUK) July 10, 2018
If they’re both not careful, soon the only thing definitely coming home will be Jeremy Corbyn to Downing Street.