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12 August 2012

VIDEO: Boris, Dave and Ed boogie to the Spice Girls

The gif that keeps on giving.

By Helen Lewis

Surely the highlight of the Olympic closing ceremony was the quick cutaway to the VIP area during the Spice Girls performance. It captured David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Ed Miliband and their wives dancing with… let’s go with “abandon”.

This being 2012, year of the Great Gif Resurgence, this was doing the rounds on Twitter within minutes.

What’s interesting here is that David Cameron looks mildly embarrassing as he half-heartedly claps along, while Boris – executing a full-on swivel-hipped, thumbs-up boogie – mysteriously manages to be less excruciating as a result. 

Bonus points to whoever can identify the man on the right wiping away a tear, as well he might.

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