British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was left speechless on Monday after losing his place in his notes during a speech before entertaining business executives with an anecdote about his recent visit to a Peppa Pig theme park.
Johnson grumbled, said “blast it,” and repeatedly whispered “forgive me” when he paused his speech to the Confederation of British Industry at Port of Tyne, northern England, while looking through his notes.
He recovered by talking about “unicorns” in technology and then taking a trip to Peppa Pig World, a theme park based on the children’s cartoon television show about a bouncy pink pig and her friends and family.
“Yesterday I went, as we all must, to Peppa Pig World,” Johnson told the business executives. “I loved it. Peppa Pig World is very much my kind of place: it has very safe streets, discipline in schools.”
Johnson asked the audience of business executives who had been to the theme park in Hampshire, southern England, which says it is the world’s largest Peppa Pig World and “perfect for toddlers”.
Johnson was unabashed when reporters asked him about the speech and said he had made the points he had wanted.
“I think that people got the vast majority of the points I wanted to make,” Johnson said. “I thought it went over well,” he said.