Have you ever been asked a question by the boss that you should know the answer to – in fact you do know the answer really but on this particular occasion you experienced a bit of brain freeze.
If you have, fear not because you’re not the only one.
Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron stunned fellow politicians, sports stars and football fans across the country when he appeared to forget he was an Aston Villa fan and posed as a West Ham United supporter. The clubs do indeed wear a similar coloured claret and blue home strip but the PM’s gaffe caused a tirade of amused disbelief on social media.
The incident occurred as he made a speech celebrating the diverse nature of British society where people can hold many different allegiances. He told a packed audience in south London: “We are a shining example of a country where multiple identities work. Where you can be Welsh and Hindu and British, Northern Irish and Jewish and British; where you can wear a kilt and a turban; where you can wear a hijab covered in poppies. Where you can support Man Utd, the Windies and Team GB at the same time. Of course, I’d rather you supported West Ham.”
When attempting to offer an explanation for what is considered an unforgivable blunder in the eyes of diehard football fans, Mr. Cameron told reporters: “I had what Natalie Bennett described as a brain fade. I’m a Villa fan… I must have been overcome by something… this morning. But there we are, these things sometimes happen when you are on the stump.”
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker responded to the slip-up on social media and said: “David Cameron has forgotten which football club he supports. Aston Villa last week, West Ham this. Burnley next?”
The Prime minister’s political opponents in the Labour party also sought to leverage some political capital from Mr. Cameron’s apparent lack of authenticity as the then shadow chancellor Ed Balls, a diehard Norwich fan tweeted: “Hey David Cameron… I’m off to see that football team I support this afternoon. Name escapes me… they play in yellow… Watford?”
Mr. Cameron had previously declared his allegiance to Aston Villa on the basis that he was taken to his first game aged 13 by his uncle, the former Aston Villa chairman Sir William Dugdale. He was also pictured jogging around London’s Hyde Park once wearing a Villa shirt that had “10 Cameron” written on the back.
Have a look at the video clip below and then think back to the last time you couldn’t remember something at work that you should really know without thinking. Just be thankful that at least you weren’t campaigning for a general election at the time, otherwise you really would have looked more than just a little bit silly.