Possible Lewes Bonfire Night Guys for 2017
- Donald Trump was the effigy chosen for Bonfire Night in 2016, but the 45th President of the USA is proving so unpopular that he could well be selected to receive a second ceremonial roasting. He would probably dismiss such speculation as fake news, but what’s new?
- Theresa May would make a popular candidate for the 2017 Lewes bonfire effigy, having called a snap general election earlier this year in order to obtain ‘a clear mandate’ and then promptly ending up with a hung parliament on her hands.
- Boris Johnson has been as outspoken as ever over the last year, and his detractors would no doubt love to see him selected as a bonfire effigy, but whether the public dislike him as much as they do Trump or May is arguable.
- Jeremy Corbyn may be Theresa May’s chief political opponent, but he isn’t Britain’s best-loved politician by any means, and even many members of his own party would like nothing better than to see his effigy go up in flames.
- Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, has been involved in an aggressive war of words with Donald Trump for months, so an effigy of him sitting on a nuclear weapon is another obvious possibility.
- Katie Hopkins has been dubbed the most hated woman in Britain thanks to her bilious remarks as a Daily Mail columnist and generic talking head. An effigy would no doubt be popular, but she would probably just appreciate the attention.
There are so many disliked public figures in the UK and around the world right now that picking just one to inspire a Lewes bonfire effigy is a tall order. Any one of the names mentioned above would be popular with a large section of bonfire night celebrants, but we would put our money on either Theresa May or Kim Jong Un being selected. Given that Theresa May’s presence is virtually inescapable, and that she has shown as much in the way of leadership skills as a damp pork scratching, we will side with the Prime Minister to be unveiled as the bonfire night effigy for 2017.