Marcus Rashford just scored a stunning school meals victory over Boris Johnson – 13 favourite things people said about it
Footballer Marcus Rashford scored an extraordinary victory today after the government relented in the face of his campaign to help feed children during the summer holidays.
Boris Johnson had previously rejected a plea from the Manchester United and England star to extend the free school meals voucher system for low income families.
But in a screeching U-turn today – where have we heard that phrase before? – the government changed its mind in the face of Rashford’s hugely popular campaign.
Rashford 1 Johnson 0. Government capitulates and agrees to spend £120m on supermarket vouchers to give to children on free school meals in summer hols
— Robert Peston (@Peston) June 16, 2020
Here’s what the man himself had to say.
I don’t even know what to say.
Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 16, 2020
And here are our 13 favourite things people said about it.
One footballer just changed 1.3 million lives https://t.co/FfjlLatibV
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) June 16, 2020
So it takes a footballer and mutinous Tory backbenchers to persuade the great populist Boris Johnson that feeding children is popular. Ah, that common touch.
— Dorian Lynskey (@Dorianlynskey) June 16, 2020
Rashford has pulled the ultimate uno reverse card on the government. They shamed footballers for not taking a paycut now he's embarrassing them for not feeding kids
— Scott (@ScottyAdam3) June 16, 2020
Marcus Rashford is Prime Minister
— Owen Jones says join a union🌹 (@OwenJones84) June 16, 2020
Shout out to Matt Hancock who said footballers had to play their part, and then got completely owned by Marcus Rashford doing more for kids in poverty than the government ever has.
— Tiernan Douieb (@TiernanDouieb) June 16, 2020
This summer Marcus Rashford should have been uniting the country by playing football for England. He managed to do better than that. Amazing.
— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) June 16, 2020
Well Sports Personality Of The Year just got a lot easier didn't it?
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) June 16, 2020
Marcus Rashford – £120m
Government – 0
— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) June 16, 2020
Just outstanding that the government can make something like feeding hungry vulnerable kids look like an embarrassing u-turn
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) June 16, 2020
Congratulations & heartfelt thanks to @MarcusRashford.
You've achieved more in two days than many politicians achieve in their entire careers. Just finish your career at @khfcofficial in a few years time & you'll be my hero for life!
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) June 16, 2020
‘Sir Marcus Rashford.’
I like it, I like it a lot.
— Retro United (@Retro_Utd) June 16, 2020
To conclude …
Amazing to see your efforts rewarded and to know so many will benefit. We're so proud of you, Marcus 👏 https://t.co/fM6OfR4kkc
— England (@England) June 16, 2020