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Boris Johnson’s fake field of wheat

1 October 2018

12:36 PM

1 October 2018

12:36 PM

Mr S was intrigued by reports that the former foreign secretary had been photographed running through a field of wheat this morning. Was it trolling Theresa May for her infamous “fields of wheat” comments during the snap election?

But on closer inspection, Boris isn’t running through a field of wheat. Indeed, the harvest has been gathered. This looks like either scrubland or a fallow field, on the basis of the plants surrounding him as he trundles along. There are the seedheads of umbellifers such as hogweed, the leaves of what looks like Field bindweed, and the seedheads of grasses, not wheat. 

What can all this mean? Either Boris Johnson isn’t very concerned about accuracy, or he was trying to send a quite different message involving something heading for the long grass – his own leadership hopes, perhaps, or Brexit?


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