'So when you're not all sitting on your a***s all day, what are YOUR favourite subjects?': Twitter users mock Gillian Keegan's hot mic gaffe as Education Secretary comes under fire over schools concrete chaos

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  • Gillian Keegan was caught on camera saying she had done a ‘f****** good job’ 

Gillian Keegan’s hot mic gaffe has been mocked by people on social media with sites flooded with memes, as the Education Secretary comes under fire over the schools concrete chaos. 

Ms Keegan was caught on camera saying she had done a ‘f****** good job’ over the schools concrete crisis while others ‘sat on their arse’.

The comments came in footage released by ITV News, filmed as the camera re-positioned for extra shots.

But people on X, formerly known as Twitter, ripped into the MP over the gaffe – which she has now apologised for, saying it was an ‘off-the-cuff remark’.

One person on the social media site wrote: ‘So when you’re not all sitting on your a***s all day, what’s your favourite f*****g subjects?’ 

One person on the social media site wrote: 'So when you're not all sitting on your a***s all day, what's your favourite f*****g subjects?'

One person on the social media site wrote: ‘So when you’re not all sitting on your a***s all day, what’s your favourite f*****g subjects?’

In another The Thick Of It tweet, a caption read: 'Today, you have laid your first big fat egg of solid f***'

In another The Thick Of It tweet, a caption read: ‘Today, you have laid your first big fat egg of solid f***’

One post read: '"Does anyone ever say: You know what, you've done a f****** good job because everyone else is sat on their arse and done nothing." 'Who said it: Gillian Keegan or Nicola Murray?'

One post read: ‘”Does anyone ever say: You know what, you’ve done a f****** good job because everyone else is sat on their arse and done nothing.” ‘Who said it: Gillian Keegan or Nicola Murray?’

While another person shared a picture of the character Nicola, where she says: 'Get me some ketamine, I want to separate my mind from my body. F***.'

While another person shared a picture of the character Nicola, where she says: ‘Get me some ketamine, I want to separate my mind from my body. F***.’

And Gordon Brown’s infamous hot mic gaffe where he called British voter Gillian Duffy a ‘bigoted woman’ was harped back to in one tweet. 

A picture of Ms Duffy was captioned: ‘Bad luck Gillian (not that one).’ 

Others likened the gaffe to a scene out of The Thick Of It, with one tweet saying: ‘”Does anyone ever say: You know what, you’ve done a f****** good job because everyone else is sat on their arse and done nothing.” Who said it: Gillian Keegan or Nicola Murray?’

READ MORE: Education Secretary Gillian Keegan says sorry and admits she is ‘frustrated’ after No10 rebukes her for hot mic moment snapping at ITV crew grilling her over concrete chaos engulfing schools 

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While another person shared a picture of the character Nicola, where she says: ‘Get me some ketamine, I want to separate my mind from my body. F***.’

The tweet was captioned: ‘Gillian Keegan right now – I maintain that the last 13 years have been a slow burn episode of The Thick Of It.’

Another popular show people were reminded of in light of Ms Keegan’s mic mishap was The Office UK.

One meme showed Ricky Gervais’s character David Brent saying ‘You do one good deed’ – which was captioned: ‘Gillian Keegan right now.’

Another social media user wrote: ‘Is that OFCOM? I wish to log a complaint about Education Secretary Gillian Keegan. I can cope with the swearing but telling everyone she’s doing a good job is a step too far…’ 

The minister’s comments came at the conclusion of an interview with ITV’s Daniel Hewitt in which she said he had been ‘pressing me quite hard’ and claimed he was ‘making out it was all my fault’.

In her apology, the Education Secretary refused to say who she believed was ‘sat on their arse’.

Ms Keegan said: ‘I wasn’t really talking about anyone in particular. It was an off-the-cuff remark after the news interview had finished, or apparently after it had finished.

Another social media user wrote: 'Is that OFCOM? I wish to log a complaint about Education Secretary Gillian Keegan. I can cope with the swearing but telling everyone she¿s doing a good job is a step too far¿'

Another social media user wrote: ‘Is that OFCOM? I wish to log a complaint about Education Secretary Gillian Keegan. I can cope with the swearing but telling everyone she’s doing a good job is a step too far…’

One social media user shared a picture of British voter Gillian Duffy, who Gordon Brown famously called a 'bigoted woman', after Gillian Keegan's gaffe

One social media user shared a picture of British voter Gillian Duffy, who Gordon Brown famously called a ‘bigoted woman’, after Gillian Keegan’s gaffe

One meme showed Ricky Gervais's character David Brent saying 'You do one good deed' - which was captioned: 'Gillian Keegan right now.'

One meme showed Ricky Gervais’s character David Brent saying ‘You do one good deed’ – which was captioned: ‘Gillian Keegan right now.’

Another meme said Ms Keegan had been called the 'Nicola Murray of the cabinet' in a scathing tweet

Another meme said Ms Keegan had been called the ‘Nicola Murray of the cabinet’ in a scathing tweet

One social media user likened her to David Brent from the UK Office

One social media user likened her to David Brent from the UK Office 

One footie fan cleverly managed to bring former Newcastle forward Kevin Keegan back in the spotlight following the education secretary's blunder

One footie fan cleverly managed to bring former Newcastle forward Kevin Keegan back in the spotlight following the education secretary’s blunder

‘I would like to apologise for my choice language, that was unnecessary.’

She indicated she was frustrated with those who have not responded to questionnaires asking about whether schools have the dangerous aerated concrete present.

In her follow-up interview, Ms Keegan said: ‘It is frustrating because we’re doing everything now to take a leading position to be on the front foot, to put all the support in place that responsible bodies and schools need.

‘It’s also frustrating that we’ve got some questionnaires that still are not there, we’ve been chasing and chasing them, we’ve written again today to say you need to get your questionnaires in by the end of the week.’

Pressed on whether she was frustrated with councils, her predecessor as education secretary or Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Ms Keegan said: ‘No it’s not, it’s nobody in particular.’

But taking aim at ITV’s award-winning Mr Hewitt, she said: ‘Actually it was the interviewer, because the interviewer was making out it was all my fault, and that’s what I was saying, do you ever go into these interviews where anyone ever says anything but “you’ve just done a terrible job”.’




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