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Storm Ophelia: John Redwood's Red Sky Backdrop On The BBC Is Freaking Everyone Out

'The sun is gone, the end is nigh ...'

16/10/2017 18:13 BST | Updated 17/10/2017 10:00 BST

Britain has been been shaken by the sun turning red as a result of Hurricane Ophelia, prompting many in the UK to point a camera phone at the ominous skyline and confidently predict Armageddon is coming.

But there was something much more frightening that made people’s blood to run cold.

Yes, Conservative MP John Redwood, doing a passable impression of the one of the last souls on earth. 

It wasn’t just the politician’s ashen face set to bloody backdrop that some thought alarming.

A meme was born.

The veteran MP and eurosceptic is enjoying something of a revival. As one of the band of hardline Brexiteers, he pops up on TV regularly in an attempt to keep the Government honest over quitting the EU if anyone suggests it might not be a great idea.

Redwood came to prominence when he was a Cabinet minister and challenged John Major for the Tory Party leadership in the mid-1990s.

But perhaps more enduring is the then Welsh Secretary struggling with the words to the principality’s national anthem.

But the MP Wokingham for ushering in the end of days could be more iconic still.

Still, it could have been worse.