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As inconvenient and scary as this was, it happened to the British, which means the primary response to it was sarcasm. #PowerCut started trending on Twitter and people jumped onto the apt political parallel that the situation provided.
Was that #powercut someone attempting to fix Britain by turning it off and on again?— Emma Clarke (@emmabclarke) August 9, 2019
UK HIT BY HUGE METAPHOR. #powercut— Nick Ostler (@nickostler) August 9, 2019
Some took the chance for a jab at Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Others made jokes about Jacob William Rees-Mogg, leader of the House of Commons.
Brexit, naturally, also came up.
Country having a practice for no deal Brexit #powercut— Wayne (@Gunga__Din) August 9, 2019
Stay calm and carry on - it’s just a dry run for Johnson-Cummings post-Brexit Britain! #powercut— SpaceAngel #StopBrexit #FightTheRight #GTTO (@spaceangel1964) August 9, 2019
Our obsession with tea got wheeled out.
See you don’t need to kill people to cause terror! Just stop Britain making tea and we lose our collective shit! #powercut— michaeldower (@dower_mike) August 9, 2019
Future leader.— Jonathan Turnbull, Esq. (@jonwturnbull1) August 9, 2019
And the IndyRefers—people who support the referendum on Scottish independence—were back.
So basically, it was a concentrated tag of Britishness. Hopefully, we’ll all get the power back soon.
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org