Football transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano has reacted with shock after the Conservatives adopted his trademark catchphrase ‘Here we go’ to tease Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet reshuffle.
The Italian football journalist has become synonymous with using the phrase during his transfer reporting.
Romano typically uses the phrase to confirm a deal has been agreed and a signing is set to be announced by a club.
The Conservatives adopted the phrase to launch the Prime Minister’s reshuffle, marking a major reset in the build-up to a general election.
A post on their X account read: ‘HERE WE GO, Today Rishi Sunak strengthens his team in Government to deliver long-term decisions for a brighter future. Stay tuned for the latest.’
Fabrizio Romano reacted with a shocked emoji after the Conservatives used his catchphrase
The Conservatives used the catchphrase to tease Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s reshuffle
Football fans called for the Conservatives to give Fabrizio Romano his catchphrase back
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Romano responded to the post with a shocked emoji, while the football fans expressed confusion over the transfer deadline day themed style of their posts.
The Conservatives were undeterred by following up the initial post with sport-style tweets to announce appointments.
‘Huge move, Congratulations James Cleverly,’ the account posted, adding a fist pump and clapping emoji when confirming his appointment as Home Secretary.
The light-hearted post made light of tension within the party, with Suella Braverman having been sacked following a series of bitter clashes.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron’s shock return to the Government as Foreign Secretary was announced with the post ‘He’s back, Congratulations David Cameron,’ including the use of a rise emoji.
Football fans continued to expression confusion at the style of tweets, with the one comparing the announcement of Cameron to being similar to a League One club announcing a loan signing.
‘Conservatives announcing David Cameron like it’s deadline day, this nation is finished,’ wrote one user.
‘Who is in charge of the social media team? You’re an official government page, not a football team announcing a deadline day transfer deal, commented another.
Romano’s catchphrase was used again with the Conservatives posting: ‘Vicky Atkins to Health, here we go’, before adding ‘The NHS has record resources with the Conservatives: more nurses, more doctors, more money and a long-term workforce plan.’
The Conservatives used several sport styled tweets to confirmed Sunak’s appointments
Simon Clarke responded by using the theme to question the lack of options on the right wing
Football fans hit back on social media by slamming the transfer deadline day theme
Suella Braverman has been ousted as Home Secretary following a series of clashes with Sunak
Sunak’s reshuffle has been described as ‘trolling’ the Tory Right, with MPs expressing fury at the ‘astonishing’ overhaul.
Simon Clarke appeared adopted the sport-styled theme to express his disapproval at Sunak’s changes.
The Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland replied to a recent story confirming about Raheem Sterling’s omission from the latest England squad.
‘Some controversial choices here from the manager, putting it very mildly,’ he tweeted.
‘Never wise to lack options on the right wing – the squad risks being badly unbalanced.’
Cameron’s return at caused a political earthquake in Westminster. He is the first member of the Upper House to hold the role since Lord Carrington in the 1980s, and the first ex-PM to return to Cabinet since Alec Douglas-Home in the 1970s.
He receives a peerage so he can assume the government post, because he is not an MP.
Just weeks ago Lord Cameron condemned Mr Sunak’s decision to downgrade the HS2 rail project. Incredulous Tory MPs, who deeply deeply distrust the peer after he headed the Remain campaign before quitting in 2016, also slammed him for fostering closer relations with China as premier.
Westminster was shock as David Cameron emerged from an official car in Downing Street this morning to be made Foreign Secretary
The now Lord Cameron said he had ‘gladly accepted’ the appointment as Foreign Secretary
But jubilant arch-Remainer Lord Heseltine praised Mr Sunak for returning to the ‘centre ground’ and urged him to bring back George Osborne as well.
Lord Cameron avoided using the sport theme when making a statement after accepting the post as Foreign Secretary.
In a statement, Lord Cameron said: ‘We are facing a daunting set of international challenges, including the war in Ukraine and the crisis in the Middle East.
‘At this time of profound global change, it has rarely been more important for this country to stand by our allies, strengthen our partnerships and make sure our voice is heard.
‘While I have been out of front-line politics for the last seven years, I hope that my experience – as Conservative Leader for eleven years and Prime Minister for six – will assist me in helping the Prime Minister to meet these vital challenges.’
The sacking of Ms Braverman came after an extraordinary week of rowing over handling of pro-Palestinian protests in London on Armistice Day.
She drew the fury of No10 by lashing out at ‘hate marches’ and then penning an article accusing the police of bias without getting it cleared.
Critics have blamed her for inflaming violence with far-right counter-protesters taking to the streets – although the Tories are badly split with supporters saying the grim scenes in the capital proved her right.
In other developments, Liz Truss’s former deputy Therese Coffey has quit as Environment Secretary. Steve Barclay is widely expected to be shifted to her old brief, while Victoria Atkins could be promoted to his role as Health Secretary.
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