What is PleaseLeaveMyTown

"Please leave my town": Boris Johnson gives his opinion very politely - and the internet celebrates him

The video that is currently causing amusement on the net is just three seconds long. It shows: a man in his mid-fifties, short gray hair, glasses with thin metal frames, rain jacket, who meets Boris Johnson on the street. He smiles kindly as he shakes hands with the British Prime Minister. Then he says the four words that are now trending as a hashtag on Twitter: "Please leave my town", in German: "Please leave my town".

Afterwards he pats Boris Johnson lightly on the shoulder, who in turn replies: "I will, very soon" - "I will, very soon".

Netz celebrates Johnson critics as a hero

The video comes from the British broadcaster BBC and was created during Johnson's visit to county West Yorkshire in northern England on Thursday. The man who on this occasion asked Johnson with the finest British courtesy to "give himself to the devil" - in good German - is now being celebrated as a hero on the internet.

"Please leave my town": British courtesy makes Britons proud

A Twitter user even describes the "Please leavy my town" gentleman as "the best thing that has happened in British politics for years".

Many Brits write that the video makes them proud to be British again - "especially our ability to always be polite when we tell someone to fuck off," said this Twitter user.


The hashtag #PleaseLeaveMyTown is also trending in Germany

The hashtag #PleaseLeaveMyTown is now also trending in Germany. Twitter users want more of this British courtesy in this country too.

Many Twitter users wrote that they initially feared the hashtag #PleaseLeaveMyTown that it might be a racist topic - and were all the more pleased when they found out the actual background.

Johnson's speech in West Yorkshire caused criticism

The unknown gentleman who so politely asked Johnson to leave his city may not have been the only mood damper for Boris Johnson on Thursday. The Prime Minister had actually traveled to West Yorkshire to promote government investments in the police.

However, his speech at a police school in Wakefield caused criticism: In addition to various MPs, the British police umbrella organization, among others, accuses Johnson of having used the police as a backdrop during a political speech. Because instead of talking about investing in the police, Johnson used large parts of his speech to scold the opposition in the current Brexit chaos. (sli)

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