Boris Johnson has said Britain can look forward to “brighter days ahead” as the country celebrates Easter.
In his Easter message, the Prime Minister acknowledged it had been a “very tough” year, but said the holiday brought fresh optimism.
“This has been a very tough 12 months. But, as ever, the arrival of Easter brings with it new hope,” he said.
“And, this year more than ever, it brings the promise of brighter days ahead for us all.”
The Sunday Express headline read: “PM Brighter days ahead!
It left some remembering a similar statement the PM made, which turned out the exact opposite.
oh god oh fuck pic.twitter.com/nmOFKgl7fL— James Felton (@JimMFelton) April 3, 2021
time to stock up on tinned water, batteries and ammo pic.twitter.com/4rPGJW5yPm— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) April 3, 2021
Now I know we’re doomed. pic.twitter.com/BjHWNA4Ag2— Tim Walker (@ThatTimWalker) April 3, 2021
PM: Brighter days ahead!— James (@TJSMoura) April 4, 2021
PM next week: You were drafted for the 2nd Crimea War.
The 15th wave is coming isn't it?— Malcolm Tucker ?☠️ (@Tucker5law) April 3, 2021
Oh ye of little faith… pic.twitter.com/gXTRxOqPkO— Damon (@damocrat) April 3, 2021
Mr Johnson acknowledged coronavirus restrictions meant many Christians would again be unable to celebrate their most important festival in the way they would wish.
However, he paid tribute to the way in which they had shown the teachings of Christ and the message of his death and resurrection “permeate through every aspect of daily life”.
“That’s why I’ve lost count of the number of church leaders and congregations that have stepped up to support us all in these very challenging times,” he said.
“Millions of Good Samaritans, each of them showing what loving thy neighbour as thyself really looks like in 21st century Britain.
“And having done all that during the darkest days of the pandemic, churches across the UK are now helping us light the path out of it by opening their doors as vaccination centres. It’s really, very moving to see it.”