Ex-Tory MP Edwina Currie mistakes WWE wrestling for Asda panic buying
Former Tory MP Edwina Currie has caused a ruckus by mistaking an old WWE clip for panic shoppers in Asda.
It came after a wrestling fan tweeted a classic clip of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Booker T wrestling through a supermarket, jokingly linking it to panic shoppers amid the coronavirus crisis.
The video was captioned, "Disgusting scenes in Asda Havant today when it should have been a time for the elderly and NHS staff, please retweet to name and shame…"
Ms Currie, 73, fell for the obvious gaff.
The former MP for South Derbyshire tweeted: "You sure this isn’t staged? Nobody else around, no security staff, and whoever is filming is managing to get all the angles."
The raucous clip showed Austin throwing punches and flinging Booker T against cases of fruit and vegetables, before tipping a bottle of ketchup all over him.
Fans were heard jeering as WWE commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler "called" for the police in the theatrical clip which is believed to be from 2001.
Meanwhile the politician, who is famed for her management of the egg-related salmonella crisis, also got a smackdown from WWE fans for her blundering comment.
One user tweeted: "Edwina. Please use your influence to alert Boris Johnson. This whole fight was encouraged and instigated by a chap called Vince McMahon.
"He's said to have no respect for social distancing. We've got no chance in hell of containing the virus he says."
Another posted: "Of course it is. All the shelves are fully stocked."
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It comes after a run on supermarkets in recent weeks as people worried about the impending crisis, tried to stock up on essentials such as loo roll and tinned foods.
Panicked scenes showed shelves stripped bare up and down the country – despite repeated assurances from the Prime Minister there is enough to go round.
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As part of a nationwide lockdown to tackle the coronavirus announced on Monday night, Boris Johnson ordered the immediate closure of all shops selling non-essential items.
Johnson's announcement mentioned outlets selling electronics and clothing, adding to previous instructions that closed pubs, cafes and restaurants amid the pandemic.
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