But as the world’s TV cameras patiently watched the front of No.10, awaiting her arrival at the lectern, it was the appearance of an as-yet unnamed gentleman that got tongues wagging.
Dubbed “podium guy” or “lectern guy” depending on who you ask, the well-built chap with a ruffled ginger mop thoroughly entertained viewers as they waited for the main event.
Podium guy has my vote to be the next PM. pic.twitter.com/tAG0uQgwDz— Matthew Stanton (@MStantonUK) May 24, 2019
Who is he? No idea. But his very important job readying the lectern outside Number 10 has inadvertently made him frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest. Possibly.
But what are his qualifications? Well there’s this...
Very strong and stable.— MARK A IZATT (@markaizatt) May 24, 2019
Basically, just his general charisma....
this guy only stood at the lectern for three seconds but I'd already trust him to deliver Brexit pic.twitter.com/l7l9aamxwQ— Alan White (@aljwhite) May 24, 2019
That guy who just stood at the lectern looks more Prime Ministerial than May, Johnson or any of the contenders— Alastair PEOPLE’S VOTE Campbell (@campbellclaret) May 24, 2019
So yes, it is a bit shallow, objectifying a man who has no say in whether he should be unwittingly flung into instant internet fame, but surely we all deserve even just a short break from Brexit?
what if she just announces a new Bank Holiday and free ice cream for everyone— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) May 24, 2019
Nobody cares anymore because they’re so distracted by Podium Guy.— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson) May 24, 2019
And, because HuffPost UK is here to serve you, the Great British Public, we rewatched the clip and can confirm he even winked to the camera at one point.
After rewatching Hot Podium Guy I can confirm he winked to the camera at least once pic.twitter.com/YrCdulnbO8— Chris York (@ChrisDYork) May 24, 2019