House of Commons speakers unfortunate X-rated reply to Zelenskyys address

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A clearly overcome House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle accidentally said “I want to w**k” in response to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s heartfelt plea for support to the House of Commons today.

The speaker quickly corrected himself, but not before dozens of playful social media users had picked up on the slip.

Boris Johnson led a packed House in a rare standing ovation following President Zelenskyy’s rousing speech.

President Zelenskyy was described on US TV as "Churchill With A Social Media Account" for his stirring rhetoric and there's enormous support for him here in the UK.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has backed a campaign which could force the Russian Embassy to change its address to Zelenskyy Avenue. after Kensington council is being petitioned to rename Kensington Palace Gardens in honour of the Ukrainian president.

"Britain must shame Putin at every possible opportunity," said Layla Moran MP, the Lib Dems' foreign affairs spokesperson. It's not clear whether a bit of dodgy language from the Commons Speaker is part of that.

In his address to Parliament President Zelenskyy said: "We will not give up, and we will not lose. We will fight to the end.

"On the sea, in the air. We will fight for our land whatever the cost. We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets."

It was a clear reference to Boris Johnson's hero, Winston Churchill.

President Zelenskyy repeated his calls for NATO to impose a No Fly Zone over Ukraine so Russian jets could be prevented from bombing civilian targets.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is known to be opposed to such a move, as it risks bringing NATO forces in direct conflict with Russia and sparking a global conflict.

However Mr Wallace stressed his belief that Putin's invasion would fail: "This will be Putin's end, this country, and so it should be because of, not only their spirit and the moral component that they have on their side – the Ukrainians – but also because it will be an impossible task to occupy such a people and a country."

Mr Wallace said Putin's gamble would backfire: "Whatever we think about President Putin, he is done.

"He is a spent force in the world. No-one will be taking his phone calls in the long term.

"He has exhausted his army, he is responsible for thousands of Russian soldiers being killed, responsible for innocent people being killed, civilians being killed in Ukraine.

"He is reducing his economy to zero, because the international community has decided that is absolutely unacceptable, what he's done.

"So he is a spent force in the world and I don't know whether he thinks that's a clever thing to be, but that diminishes his own country in the world and he has to take responsibility for that."

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