A school librarian appears to have brutally trolled Prime Minister Boris Johnson behind his back using books.
The Tory leader was giving a live-streamed speech today at a school in the East Midlands when eagle-eyed viewers pointed out what may be an ironic display behind him.
Whoever set up the display behind the PM had placed a few choice reads visible for the cameras.
And it would seem they are not Boris’ biggest fan, if their choices are anything to go by.
Addressing pupils this afternoon, the Prime Minister spoke of Ofqual's "mutant algorithm" which he said "almost derailed" this year's results.
Meanwhile, the bookshelf in the background delivered its own message to viewers.
For some reason, the books on the top of the shelf included stories about puppet kings and dystopian futures.
The titles displayed in the background include: The Subtle Knife, Fahrenheit 451, Betrayed, The Resistance, The Toll, Crisis Point, Glass Houses, and The Twits.
Also visible was Guards Guards Guards, Oliver Twist and Exodus.
All novels shown have something of an unflattering portrayal of authority figures and future societies.
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Fahenheit 451, for example, tells the story about a society where books are banned.
And also on the shelf was Exodus – a tale about a grim future where global warming has caused oceans to rise.
In that novel, the heroes are dispossessed migrants seeking refuge in boats.
And it could be that Oliver Twist was a pointed reference to BoJo’s position on free school meals, bearing in mind Oliver’s famous line: “Please sir, can I have some more?”
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Guards Guards Guards, over the Prime Minister’s right shoulder, tells the story of a plot to install a puppet king.
A post on Twitter drawing attention to the subtly position bookshelf has since gone viral, with 38k interactions.
Actor, writer and director Nicholas Pegg called it "supreme trolling from the school librarian".
Many offered their congratulations to whoever was behind the stunt.
One person said: “Your brethren have done well."
Another said: ”If the person responsible for this is reading the replies, this message is to them.
“You are a class act. This is totally inspired and very clever. I hope that a totally random act of kindness comes your way, and leaves you smiling as much as I am now.”
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