24/07/2019 09:55 BST | Updated 24/07/2019 17:44 BST

Led By Donkeys Mark Boris Johnson's First Day As PM With Buckingham Palace Stunt

Last night's lightning provided a fitting backdrop.

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Led By Donkeys received a helping hand from Mother Nature on Wednesday morning when a stunt to mark Boris Johnson’s first day as PM was illuminated by a spectacular lightning storm.

The team behind the protest group decided to target Buckingham Palace where the new Tory leader will meet the Queen and be invited to form a new government.

As the capital and much of the rest of the country was being kept awake by storms, a giant picture of Johnson wielding a kipper emblazoned with “Your Majesty, your new prime minister is a LIAR” appeared on the side of Her Maj’s residence. 

The stunt is a reference to the accusations that the incoming prime minister has been accused of spreading fake news, after claiming “Brussels bureaucrats” were behind rules about sending Isle of Man kippers by post.

Johnson used his final hustings of the leadership campaign to deride what he called the EU’s “pointless, expensive, environmentally damaging health and safety” rules by insisting a kipper must be accompanied by a plastic ice pillow.

However, officials in Brussels have since pointed out that the rules were set in the UK, and the Isle of Man is not in the European Union, the Press Association reports. 


Led By Donkeys first went viral in early 2019 after organising billboards in Dover, including one showing Theresa May tweeting her support for Remain in early 2016 and another of Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg in 2011 suggesting the UK could have two EU referendums.

The campaign first began to gather momentum after a discussion over whether former prime minister David Cameron would one day delete his “chaos with Ed Miliband” tweet, which he posted ahead of the 2015 election.

Led By Donkeys now has more than 253,000 followers on Twitter.

(Infographic supplied by Statista)