Comedian Joe Lycett has confessed that his anger at the UK government prompted the false report of Sue Gray that he tweeted.
Joe went viral and caused chaos amongst MPs who panicked over his ‘fake version’ of the senior official’s expected investigation into the claims of parties to break the Covid lockdown on Number 10 and all over Whitehall during Covid.
The report includes his views on an alleged Boris Johnson birthday reunion.
Joe, 33, has now explained online that he was angry with the government after MPs broke the rules while his friend died in lockdown in 2020.
In a letter on Twitter, he said: “I write comedy sometimes as a way to use anger.
“I’m angry right now for probably the same reason a lot of other people are angry.
Speaking of his friend who passed away during the lockdown, he explained: “He had been sick for a number of years and towards the end I had helped him out as a part-time carer. I watched it disappear, gradually, over months, and everything.” that comes with that
That’s a long story for another time. But he died, at the beginning of the lockdown, and I wasn’t there because he was following the rules, and we had a little insufficient funeral, because we were following the rules, and I took his children from that funeral back to Birmingham. without any kind of wake, because we were following the rules, and it felt unnatural, cruel and almost silly, but we did it because we followed the rules.
“So I guess, like thousands of people with their own stories, I’m angry about that.”
He added that “he is not a particularly political comedian and rarely, if ever, makes any outward political statements.”
He also said of the Conservatives that “this lot” is more interested in “power and little else”.
To hell with my dead friend, they think, and all your dead friends and dead relatives. You followed the rules and we didn’t, but we’re in power and that’s all that matters, so turn it around.
“So I get mad and write some jokes about the Sue Gray report, a report that probably won’t change a thing and we’ll all be here again in the not too distant future, in some other scandal, with some other liars.
“But for now one can wonder how it feels to have been described in the newspapers as causing ‘chaos’, ‘chaos’ and ‘mass panic’ of these people because of some pranks.”
He finished: “Let me be clear: It feels absolutely fantastic.”
Joe published the bogus report on Thursday saying: “BREAKING: Sue Gray’s leaked report reveals shocking abuse of rules. It’s hard to see how the PM can hang on after this.”
The imaginary report contained writing about a ‘culture of breaking Covid-19 regulation at 10 Downing Street’ and that ‘games known as ‘slow dancing’ and ‘passing ass’ were being played”.
There was also a reference about WhatsApp groups created to “organize meetings” and the chats were called “definitely a meeting” and “on the street”.
Joe’s file also claimed that ‘Hear’Say’s Pure and Simple’ was played at one of the parties, with everyone taking ‘twateral flow’ tests.
An email address [email protected] was provided at the bottom of the ‘report’.
Although it was clearly fake, the Cabinet was thrown into chaos when it was released and some believed it to be real, and it was leaked.
Joe also posted some text messages on Twitter that he said were “from someone who works for a cabinet minister.”
They said: “I work in Parliament for the Conservatives and I think you should know… Your tweet this morning read like a real serious leak of the Sue Gray report.”
“‘You had MP staff literally running around in a panic at what I was saying. Panic dialing MPs like we need to discuss this right now.”
‘[People were saying] “I can’t believe he used the phrase ‘down the street’.”
He finished: “Absolutely legendary work, well done.”
Boris Johnson is still waiting for the actual report from Sue Gray that could trigger a vote of no confidence in his leadership.
Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick also announced that a criminal investigation has been opened.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.