It happens to the best of us – slipping off a chair, then trying to smooth it over in the hope no one was looking.
Unfortunately, if you’re an MSP at the high profile Scottish government budget debate, a gaffe like that is bound to be noticed as Roseanna Cunningham found out earlier.
The Perthshire South and Kinross-shire MSP took a tumble whilst appearing to laugh or gesticulate at depute leader of the Scottish Conservatives Murdo Fraser during his impassioned response to the budget deal.
Scenes, etc pic.twitter.com/CLEUwZmYjw
— Philip Sim (@BBCPhilipSim) January 31, 2019
The debate threatened to descend into a Benny Hill-esque farce as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was captured on camera laughing at her SNP colleague’s antics, along with others.
Scottish Twitter has been quick off the mark in reacting to the blunder, with a variety of puns and GIFs already in circulation.
like this? pic.twitter.com/HRforZ00Vs
— eilidh (@eilidhmax) January 31, 2019
You sure fell for Murdo 😉
— Ipsi 🇺🇸🇮🇳 (@Ips_cali) January 31, 2019
Roseanna Cunningham realising just how much more tax she’ll be paying after today’s SNP Tax Grab Budget… 😱 https://t.co/UHvkXH4ItA
— Miles Briggs MSP (@MilesBriggsMSP) January 31, 2019