International fast food giant Burger King has used a new advert on London buses to implicitly call out Boris Johnson as a liar. The advert, shown in a viral tweet, says: “ANOTHER WHOPPER ON THE SIDE OF A BUS. MUST BE AN ELECTION.”
Burger King’s signature burger, the Whopper, is pictured to the left of the slogan — a nod to the word’s meaning as “a thing that is extremely or unusually large.” “Whopper”, though, of course, is also used to mean “a gross or blatant lie.”
The company appears to refer to one of the Brexit campaigns signature statements, slapped on the side of Vote Leave’s big red battle bus, which claimed £350 million sent to the EU would be used to fund the NHS post-Brexit. It is a statement that fact-checker Fullfact has since said was “a clear misuse of official statistics.”
Even if the U.K.’s impartial state broadcaster has made it policy not to label Johnson — or any politician — a liar, there are some in the profession who have made it their sole purpose to do so. Former chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph, Peter Oborne’s dossier “The lies, falsehoods and misrepresentations of Boris Johnson and his government” is an accumulating record of every lie told by the Prime Minister since the £350 million NHS statement.
Add an opportunistic international burger giant to list of those who will speak truth to power in this general election.