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Boris Johnson stumbled upon a big speech in which he lost his place in his notes, talked about a day trip to a Peppa Pig theme park, and imitated a car before insisting, “Me Thought it was well received. “

In the keynote address given by the British Prime Minister to business leaders, he struggled with his papers, at one point mumbling” Blast it “before shuffling the pages and asking the audience to” forgive me “while he was trying to find the right point to resume.

The speech to the Confederation of British Industry was an attempt to demonstrate how the pursuit of green policies could help “moral mission” to “raise” Britain.

But it risks being remembered for Mr Johnson’s reflections on his trip to Peppa Pig World, comparisons to Moses, a reference to Lenin, and the drama of a British Prime Minister making car noises.

He told ITV, “I think people got the vast majority of the points I wanted to get and I thought it was well received.”

But Labor mocked Mr Johnson online, saying, “The joke is no longer funny,” while Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said, “Corporations are crying out for clarity. Instead, they only got Boris Johnson rambling about Peppa Pig.

“It’s a perfect metaphor for Johnson’s chaotic, incompetent government wrecking our economy, but it’s not worthy of a UK Prime Minister.” Mr Johnson told the audience how he spent Sunday at Peppa Pig World in Hampshire, describing it as “very much my place” but “they are a bit stereotypical about Daddy Pig”.

Praising the ingenuity of the private sector, Johnson said “no Whitehall official could have imagined developing Peppa,” which has grown into a £ 6 billion global company with theme parks in the US and China.

He mimicked the sound of a roaring car when he said that electric vehicles, which lack the distinctive sound of a powerful gasoline engine, “turn off the lights faster than a Ferrari”.

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He quoted the Soviet leader Lenin as saying that electrification is the key to the new “green” industrial revolution.

“Lenin once said that the communist revolution was Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country,” said Johnson.

He compared his 10-point plan for a green economy to the 10 commandments of the Bible.

It was “a new Decalogue that I created exactly a year ago when I came down from Sinai,” he said.

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