An article in The Guaridan has got a lot of people hotter under the collar, than they already were, due to the heatwave.
The piece has been published as the G7 group of nations are meeting in the Cornish seaside resort of Carbis Bay in June for what will be the 47th summit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hosting the event, and newly-wed Carrie Johnson will be in attendance.
The heads of government of the member states, along with the representatives of the European Union, meet at the G7 summit.
US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be meeting in Cornwall.
Also in attendance will be President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
Other representatives from non-member countries include Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
As the summit kicks off Caroline Davies writes: “Newly wed and with her new married name, Carrie Johnson takes on her first challenge as the UK’s first lady when she hosts the partners of world leaders at next week’s G7 summit.”
She continues: “Past G7 and G20 summits invariably show the political spouses at play, visiting art galleries, sampling delicious wines, dining at showcase restaurants and suchlike. The message seems to be that the weighty business of solving the world’s problems is conducted by their predominantly male partners locked in roundtable discussions, while the wives’ role is to “bolster” relationships.”
And on she goes…”So the pressure will be on Carrie. Devising a programme in a pandemic is one challenge, where air-kissing will be replaced by fist pumps and elbow bumps and masks may be the main fashion statement of the day.”
Not everyone was keen on the ‘first lady’ reference and made their feelings clear on social media.
Since when did the UK have a first lady?— ＺÖＭＢＹ ＷＯＯＦ 🇪🇺💙 (@ZombyWoof4) June 1, 2021
Ffs – we are not Americans. We don’t have a First Lady. Let’s not start that shit!— dee lomas #FBPE #3.5% #FBPPR #GobShiteClub (@deelomas) June 1, 2021
All eyes on Carrie Johnson in first role as UK first lady at G7 summit https://t.co/IMQOCW4vU7
Ignorant, enabling, supine & unforgivable.— Cathy 💙🕷️ (@NarcAware) June 1, 2021
Yes I'm talking about YOU @guardian.
Thought we could at least rely on YOU to not buy in to this distracting pretence & whitwashing of who this woman actually IS.
This isn't journalism. It's capitulation.https://t.co/b9cJutIywH
FIRST LADY?— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaNigrelli) June 2, 2021
Not sure that works over here
But #Brexiteers voted against unelected officials !— R1ch1e5 (@R1ch1e5) June 1, 2021
Welcome to post democracy UK and rule by association.
“All eyes on Carrie Johnson in first role as UK first lady at G7 summit”#JohnsonsGoingToMakeAnArs3OfHimselfAtTheG7 https://t.co/dm0c1B7aNq
She's not the first lady. I doubt she'll be the last.https://t.co/qJDKXYH502— GET A GRIP (@docrussjackson) June 1, 2021
Dear @guardian , I used to like you. I will delete your app from my phone unless you publish your written apologies on your tomorrow’s front page.— Georgi #FBPE (formerly Georgi Georgiev) (@GeorgieHristov) June 1, 2021
YOU CANNOT CALL THIS CHANCER ‘first lady’
Apologies please. https://t.co/VUBdLanNlB
I’m sure the Queen will be thrilled at her new status as second lady…https://t.co/BpRHNRjKLv— Gwilym David Blunt (@GDBlunt) June 1, 2021
All eyes on Carrie Johnson in first role as UK first lady at G7 summit | Carrie Johnson | The Guardian— Dr Martin Character Matters (@MartinRemains) June 1, 2021
Sod off you frigging crackers. There is no First Lady and how dare you try to invent the title. Go to hell. More bullshit populist authoritarian crap. https://t.co/Ydo0RwdRH6
Of course not everyone was enraged by the piece.
This has got the left in meltdown. The Guardian describing Carrie as the First Lady at the G7 summit.— sandieshoes (@sandieshoes) June 1, 2021
Good luck to her & especially Boris. I know they will represent the U.K. well.
All eyes on Carrie Johnson in first role as UK first lady at G7 summit https://t.co/rATuzHSCoY