British prime minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson departs for PMQs - Downing Street, London, England, UK on Wedne...

I’m one of those people – I don’t believe Donald Trump even got tested for the coronavirus, despite his lies to the contrary. And have you noticed that Trump’s voice has gotten quite hoarse? His color is bad too, and no amount of orange clown makeup will cover it. Even if he got tested, I don’t think he would tell us the results. Unlike Boris Johnson, who just tested positive for the virus. BoJo has been prime minister since last year, and he won a legitimate election with a landslide in December. He says he has been self-isolating and will continue to isolate, and he will continue to be in charge of the government. Here’s his video:

Is he self-isolating at his London home, or is he isolating at 10 Downing Street, which is the official residence of the prime minister? Is he isolating with his pregnant girlfriend Carrie Symonds? We don’t know. I mean… this, to me, doesn’t feel like as big of a “holy sh-t” moment as Prince Charles testing positive. Once you realize that in the first three weeks of March, London was a petri dish of coronavirus, it makes sense that all of these prominent people are testing positive now. We can only hope that the overwhelming majority of these cases are mild.

Commonwealth Day Service -  Monday 9 March  -  Westminster Abbey, London

Photos courtesy of WENN.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

102 Responses to “British prime minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. olala says:

    Much of the handshakig? He deserves it more than anyone(with Trump of course)

    • Ainsley7 says:

      He absolutely deserves it. Not just because of the handshaking, but because he was encouraging healthy people to spread it faster. It was irresponsible and put a huge strain on the NHS. His baby doesn’t deserve this and hopefully the baby won’t be harmed by his idiocy.

    • Ali says:

      Him and trump deserve all of it

    • Mac says:

      When Johnson warned loved ones would die did he realize he is as vulnerable as the rest of us?

      • Nahema says:

        Agreed. I’m sick of all the posts all over facebook about how glad everyone is that we have Boris Johnson leading us through this rather than Jeremy Corbyn but he’s been shockingly bad in so many areas.

      • Bucky Bieber says:

        @Nahema. Don’t get me started. How the public could pick Johnson’s policies over Corbyn’s blows my mind. Sometimes I don’t understand people at all..

    • Heather says:

      As much as I can’t stand either BoJo or Dump, I don’t wish potential death on anyone. It saddens me to see people wishing harm on another person in times like this.

      • Anh says:

        What if through the ending of his life, he was replaced by a leader more persuaded by the best medical advice and tens of thousands of more-benign lives are saved?

      • Kendra says:

        Anh, what if his illness brings the same results? Better hope fro people to change than to die. Your wishing doesn’t result in either one but it’s a better attitude.

      • Bettyrose says:

        Heather in general I agree with you but Trump is as good as a mass murderer at this point. I wish him gone. Death by his own extreme negligence isn’t anyone else’s fault or accelerated by secretly wishing for it.

      • Nic919 says:

        Boris no, but dump deserves complete misery. There are thousands who will die because of his stupidity, and selfishness. He is preventing states where the governors don’t kiss his ass from getting all the ventilators they need. New York and Michigan being prime examples. He is an evil monster.

      • SomeChick says:

        His bollox “herd immunity” policies have not only wished for, but CAUSED deaths.

        If anyone deserves to catch it is is him and his bestie Donald.

        And the lieutenant governor of Texas too. Because he said that grandparents should be willing to die to protect the ECONOMY for their grandchildren. Nevermind that if lots of people die and the healthcare system collapses, there won’t be anyone left to buy or deliver their stupid crap!

        $$$$$$$ is all they see.

        These scum are showing their true colors now more than ever.

      • Mac says:

        If the LT Gov of Texas is so worried about his grandchildren, shouldn’t he be dedicating all of his time to fighting climate change?

      • rrabbit says:

        While I don’t wish them death, I do wish they would get exactly the same medical treatment the average citizen gets. For Johnson, that would be the best average care the NHS has to offer these days.

  2. Alexandria says:

    I don’t believe Dotard did the test. He couldn’t even describe it. As for Melania I think she may have taken the test because she doesn’t want her son to be affected. Or maybe she also thinks it’s a nothingburger and they are invincible. I hope Dotard continues his diet of MCD / coke and continue to shake his supporters hands. Except I don’t really want the latter because I don’t want more sick people to actually overwhelm the US medical staff.

    As for Boris, nothing else to say, get well soon.

    Take care my UK friends and thank you NHS.

  3. BabsORIG says:

    Wwoowza!! Now that’s a doozy,. Wasn’t he wanting the herd immunity thing? Betcha he feels differently now, huh! Oh well, get well soon, I suppose.

    • heygingersnaps says:

      He opened up with “many people will die before their time” before talking about the herd immunity thing. I wouldn’t worry about him, he will get the very best of healthcare.

  4. Thinking says:

    Oh dear. Scary when the wife is pregnant !

    • Ali says:

      The girlfriend is pregnant. His wife is fine.

      I hope his 5 or 6 children check up on him.

      Seriously no one knows how many kids he has.

      • Anh says:

        “The girlfriend is pregnant. His wife is fine.” 😂😂😂

      • Bohemian Angel says:


      • Nic919 says:

        Comment of the week!

      • SomeChick says:

        His GF looks like the third York sister!

        Also, to those who say “it isn’t any worse for pregnant women.” Sure, Jan.

        You’re right, they can die just like anyone else.

        Pregnancy is a lot of work for the body. A condition which deprives the mother of sufficient oxygen is by definition bad for the baby.

        Don’t be a Covidiot. Think about others.

      • Amelia says:

        I just skimmed the photos and I literally thought the woman in the blue coat was Beatrice until I read SomeChick’s comment and scrolled back up! Third York sister indeed…

      • MeganBot2020 says:

        She’s not his girlfriend, she’s his fiancee.

        So the comment should read, “His wife is fine. His fiancee is pregnant.”

        The status of his Schrodinger’s Offspring is known.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Meh! It doesn’t seem to affect fetuses and pregnant women aren’t more at risk of complications… And it gives his gf a good reason to stay away.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Not true. A baby in London tested positive shortly after being born because the Mom tested positive while pregnant.

      • Kate says:

        VV I was just listening to a doctor confirm that they don’t believe babies who have it catch it from the mom while in utero, but from physical contact after birth.

      • Mary says:

        There is of course little evidence now, as we are just beginning to deal with Covid-19, but it has been reported that maternal infection may impact term duration.

      • julia says:

        @Valiantly Varnished: from what I’ve gathered anyone can get it, it’s just that it doesn’t seem to affect newborns, babies or kids very much – they are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms.

        Now of course it doesn’t mean there’ s no exceptions, but that’s what they are, exceptions.

  5. julia says:

    Finally some good news! Boris, leader of the “herd” #herdimmunitymyass

    • Ali says:

      I’m going to hell but I laughed when I read this story.

      Mr. Brexit

      • lizzieb says:

        @Ali &@Julia. Thank God I’m not the only one who laughed. I will probably be struck by lightning for it, but I too wondered how he liked herd immunity now. oh well, “thoughts and prayers” to him, (and the help of the good folks at NHS).

  6. Rapunzel says:

    Poor Boris will have to take it on the chin. Good thing he’s got two of them.

  7. Jonsey says:

    At last night’s COVID-19 press conference I noticed the 🍊🤡 was breathing more laboriously than usual and all he was doing was standing and reading at the podium. And because he and his people have lied so much I don’t believe he tested negative. I believe he’s too scared to take the test and actually find out. I’ve always believed that mf’er would kill us all with his incompetence and ignorance.

    • Ani May says:

      I don’t think Trump is capable of acknowledging his own mortality. I think he is in absolute denial of his poor health and advanced age.

    • MsIam says:

      I noticed that a few days ago that he seemed to be breathing very hard and that he didn’t look well. But it could just be stress. I really don’t think other people would stand that close to him if they knew he was ill. Those folks are a bunch of self-preservationists and I doubt they would take one for the Donald.

    • Christin says:

      Several days ago, his lips appeared blue-toned (plus the breathing). I don’t know if he would do the test, but it does make one wonder.

      He strikes me as the type who believes themselves invincible and would never admit being ill.

  8. janey says:

    I seriously don’t know what’s wrong with people, no one deserves COVID-19. Literally no one.

    • Ali says:

      Guess what.

      If you are the leader if your country and your policies lead to people getting a virus then yes you should get the virus as well.

      Read up on Boris’ policies and then tell me if he doesn’t deserve to get what everyone else is getting.

      • janey says:

        It’s a virus, it doesn’t care about policies. There was no stopping this. I’m well aware of how the UK is dealing with this, I work for the NHS and continue to go to work. no one, no matter who they are or aren’t, deserves this.

      • Ali says:

        Again read up on Boris’ policies.

        He got the virus just like everyone else due to his incompetence.

      • lizzieb says:

        @Janey. It really isn’t a question of deserve…the virus attacks weak and strong, good and bad, smart vs some politicians. I’m not mean enough to wish complications on anyone but I did see the poetic justice in someone who seemed to think he might be different/immune getting it. I’m sure you are very well aware many/most of us will have the virus at some point until we have a vaccine…and why we are trying so hard to flatten the curve. am clapping for you as a career, your hard work is very appreciated. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @Janey he literally talked about people “taking it on the chin” and “thinning the herd”. He was was basically shrugging about people getting it and dying. He most definitely deserves it. And so does Trump.

      • L says:

        Johnson never said “thin the herd”. “Take it on the chin” is from a disinformation video that was edited to make it look like Johnson was advocating that course of action when he was saying it was *not* a course of action to be taken. Believe whatever you want but fact check instead of becoming a puppet for disinformation.

        Also it doesn’t matter who the UK PM is/would have been. They would have done exactly what Johnson did because uk policy is directed and led by national medical experts who are independent of government.

        Johnson is a d*ckhead but we shouldn’t be spreading lies just because.

    • Nanny to the Rescue says:

      Thank you, janey. I was disappointed at how many people think it’s fun to celebrate when others get it. (On both sides of the political spectrum.)

      Jeez people, if you don’t like the person, do you really need to wish them ill health? And even if you do, think of it from the other side: If Boris, or Trump, gets seriously ill from this, you can bet he’s getting a ventilator even if there’s a shortage. That means somebody else not getting it. We’re all in this together, we must fight, and wish, for the smallest possible amount of people to get infected.

    • SomeChick says:

      His initial strategy was “let everyone get it! We will have herd immunity!” While the number of cases grew and grew.

      That is why he deserves to get it. He thought it was a good idea to encourage the virus to spread.

      He directly caused deaths from this. Because of his policy.

      He (and Dolt 45) deserve to get it. It’s poetic justice.

    • Alexandria says:

      Viruses don’t care about policies but good policies and following said policies can mitigate its spread. Look at Taiwan. Policies and politicians who enact them are critical and influential in this war. Nonetheless I think we can tell him we told you so and get well soon at the same time.

      I am conflicted only about Dotard. And probably Stephen Miller. I shall stop here because I never knew I could hate this much. I don’t like it. But I have to be honest…

      • Giddy says:

        I’m not conflicted about Tiny Tallywacker and Stephen “Proud To Be A Racist” Miller. I don’t wish death on either one. But I do I wish horrifyingly huge defeat. I want Tiny to watch as every last vestige of his presence is meticulously scrubbed from the WH, the website, everything. I want a huge inauguration for President Biden. As for the virus, I’d rather they get it than some innocent. But I hope they don’t die; let them see the joy as we celebrate the end of a 4 year nightmare.

      • Nic919 says:

        You shouldn’t be conflicted about dump and baby nazi. They are evil monsters whose actions have lead to unnecessary deaths. And more to come in the US.

        Boris is incompetent but he hasn’t shown the malice that those two have.

    • MsIam says:

      I agree, but didn’t Boris say some folks would have to take it on the chin and thin the heard? I didn’t hear him volunteer his own chin. Social distancing and the shut down was to keep as many people safe as possible and he didn’t want to do that at first.

      • lizzieb says:

        Thin the herd?!! Oh wow, I really hope that was a misquote. Hopefully no one is that heartless. If there is any sort of silver lining maybe we will finally reach the people still bucking the need to slow the spread. Still too many people think it can’t happen to them, or if it does that it’s no big deal.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        Pretty much the same thing as the republiTHUGS and Faux “News” saying that your grandparents/elders should be willing to “die for the economy”.

        Human excrement…the lot of ’em.

    • heygingersnaps says:

      No one deserves it but he was joking about it and didn’t take the threat of covid-19 seriously enough, now it is blowing up all over the country, the city where I live in is currently top 5 in confirmed cases, and those are just people with severe symptoms as they are not doing any mass testing and contact tracing.

      • Ali says:


        I swear people need to listen to what Boris Johnson had been saying for the past 3 months.

        He only lockdown the UK because some members of his cabinet threathen to quit and the French government threaten to close their border with Britain. He didnt take part in an EU ventilator conference because of Brexit.

        Anyone else leading the UK government would have done better.

  9. Ali says:

    This will probably be deleted but:

    Boris Johnson is a complete idiot.

    The UK should have been on lockdown weeks before hand and he should have never tried to spread the ‘herd immunity’ crap. Plus just like the states, they are not testing enough.

    He will get the best care while other people suffer.

  10. Harla says:

    Ok, not to be cruel but part of me wishes that one of these politicians would have more than “mild symptoms” just so they could experience what others are experiencing and perhaps take this all more seriously.

  11. Jj says:

    As much as you all hate it I think US should stick with the clown n hope for the best. If he goes down most likely whole gov will be affected. Either US will be so battered or Mike Pence will be hero. If Trump government survive this, his mistakes are all out there for everyone to pick apart during next election at least

    • Alexandria says:

      Do you mean if he goes down the whole government will be infected or the whole government will not be able to function?

      I actually believe the rest of the administration and civil service infrastructure can do without him, he doesn’t seem to do much work either and the US still functions. He doesn’t even bother with daily briefings. He just wants to golf, eat, watch TV and earn on the side. So I think if he dies, the rest of the government will go on.

    • MsIam says:

      Trump is an obstructionist who is easily led by anyone who flatters him enough. He is talking about denying ventilators to states whose governors didn’t kiss his ass. How is that “governing” ? With him gone, I think the grown ups might actually be in charge for once. And Pence, as awful as he is, actually understands running a government more than Trump.

    • Nic919 says:

      He has prevented ventilators from being sent to states where the governors don’t kiss his ass. See Michigan and New York. So many will die because of his malice. He needs to be removed now. He is a danger to the American people. Fascist dictators act like this. Downplaying the danger he poses is a coping mechanism but it is wrong.

      You could not have a worse person as president right now. Pence while not great isn’t a psychotic monster.

      • Deering24 says:

        Nic919, but Pence is a right-wing religious fanatic and their crazy is often just as deep as the straight-up psychos. They would have no qualms about bringing on their idea of Revelations.

  12. emmy says:

    Karma is alive and well I see. I hope he gets well soon and lives to sort out Brexit when the time comes. Let’s not dump this on anyone else.

    I don’t believe for a second we’ll ever know if 45 tests (tested) positive. He will bumble around like a very obvious Typhoid Mary, people should stay the hell away from him.

  13. Charlie says:

    London is full of COVID-19…the figures are far higher than are being reported and impossible to get tested. Think we were all just obliviously spreading it early March and are now being taken out en masse.

    Hope BoJo recovers quickly to avoid anyone even more incompetent taking the helm and that he didn’t pass it to Rishi/Jenny…

    • Yoyo says:

      If would scary if Dominic Cummings caught Covid19, who would run the country?

      • Alexandria says:

        Isn’t there an order to follow if key UK politicians are incapacitated or dies? I believe the US also has the same contingency. If the President dies or is incapacitated, the next is VP so on and so forth. I think there is a long order of people. I watched a Wendover video on this once (how the US government will survive doomsday).

      • Ruby_Woo says:

        Well Cummings has already delivered Brexit and was a cheer-leader for ‘herd immunity’ so he’s done more than his share to the UK.

        I’m not sure what the precedence is, but apparantly Dominic Raab is next line. I don’t really know much about him apart from him saying that people who use food banks aren’t really in poverty, they just have a ‘cash-flow problem’; it’s too hard to hire and fire people in the UK, which is standing in the way of economic growth; and he’s on record to say that he doesn’t believe in economic or social rights. Which in conjunction with an emergency bill passed giving the police more powers to arrest people is a bit scary!

        There’s a really funny video of Cummings trying to sneakily run out of no.10 and now everyone is calling him Dominic Goings. I wouldn’t be too surprised if he does a runner if this all gets too sour.

    • heygingersnaps says:

      One of my partner’s colleagues have just told him that her brother in law has covid-19, he probably got it when he was in London and then travelled back home, now he’s whole family including in laws are now positive with covid-19.

      • Shoshone says:

        How did they get the tests? Like really – how did they? I’m in the US and almost nobody can get tests here. I have posted this before on this site but my state, which consists of several million residents, has been allocated a grand total of 80 Covid19 tests per day by the Federal Government.

        This is pure speculation on my part, but I do not believe that my state is wasting any of the 80 precious tests on people who have died untested. I hope that they are keeping bio samples from these victims and that they can be tested posthumously so all of the victims can be acknowledged and a future world will know the true cost of this epidemic in many parts of the US.

        My husband and I are at home with respiratory “flu” (“diagnosed” over the phone by a medical assistant) and we cannot get flu tests or the Covid19 tests. Even though we are both near 70 with serious health conditions I would never want to take a test away from anyone else. We are still doing ok and both expect to recover soon.

  14. Yoyo says:

    Boris’ girlfriend is staying At Chequers in Buckinghamshire, the county house of the prime minister of the U.K.
    Maybe she needs a break, because with all the stress Boris is under, he may resort to punching something or someone, as he is prone to do.

  15. Harper says:

    “Mild symptoms” seems to be the cliche, go-to-phrase in the public relations handbook. Prince Charles and Boris Johnson are most likely already dosed with whatever miracle drug their docs can get their hands on so they’ll be fine.

    Waiting to hear about the Queen, Wills or Kate next.

    • Christin says:

      I don’t understand that term, either. Does it translate to “not hospitalized”? Most of the confirmed cases in my state are under age 50. It’s hard to get a test, so I assume people have very noticeable symptoms to even make it past step one of getting a test here.

  16. Lucy2 says:

    I’m not surprised. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, but I was pretty disgusted with his “herd immunity“ attitude in the beginning and he put a lot of people in danger, so I’m not going to feel sorry for him either.

    Dump hasn’t been coughing, but he’s definitely not a well man. They’re applying the orange makeup with a fire hose lately.

  17. KellyRyan says:

    I don’t believe Drumpf was tested either. He is one of those, “How do you know he’s lying? His lips move.” BJ is overweight as is DT and neither look healthy. I agree with no amount of make-up can cover DT’s poor health.

  18. heygingersnaps says:

    Fortunately he can finally test that herd immunity thing that he and his government were previously pushing for. I wonder if dominic cunnings (yes, deliberately misspelled) has it as well. Those in the PMQ’s yesterday and people who he has come into contact should be self isolating if they haven’t already.

  19. Lily says:

    I wouldn’t hope any bad on anyone, but can you imagine the sh*t the UK would be in if they would lose bojo and prince charles AND Prince Charles would have contaminated thr Queen? I mean how bad can this go?
    I keep hearing this disease doesn’t see rich or poor, but to my knowledge the rich are the ones traveling and they are those spreading the virus to the peasants. And the poor wont have the means to get tested/medical treatment.

    • Christin says:

      That is exactly what I think is happening. The travelers are the initial spreaders and have a better chance of being tested.

  20. Lily says:

    I wouldn’t hope any bad on anyone, but can you imagine the sh*t the UK would be in if they would lose bojo and prince charles AND Prince Charles would have contaminated thr Queen? I mean how bad can this go?
    I keep hearing this disease doesn’t see rich or poor, but to my knowledge the rich are the ones traveling and they are those spreading the virus to the peasants. And the poor wont have the means to get tested/medical treatment.

  21. Leah says:

    He was basically laughing in the face of the virus and his own mortality. The virus won. I follow Larry, the number 10 cat and its hilarious how they are now promoting the cat as a possible PM. Felines can’t get COVID-19, so Larry would be a solid choice.

    Re: Boris. Whenever I see his face I can’t help but be reminded that he looks like every drunken footie bum in a pub in every British show that I’ve ever seen.

    • Yup, Me says:

      I think he looks like a child’s toy of a bumbling “villain” but like they carry it around by the ankle and drag its head all over the ground. He looks perpetually rumpled.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      His father was on daytime TV saying how he still planned to go to the pub. I think a lot of these entitled people never things that it’ll happen to them, and even if it did, they have the best health care at their disposal and waiting times.

      Even if he didn’t take the virus seriously, did he now think about his pregnant fiancée? I know there is not much evidence of Covid-19 on mums/ babies, but still, why take the risk when you’re in a position to be able to try to reduce the spread.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Yeah, I don’t really get the “both sides-ism” arguments about people being immoral for being amused by this development. Wish they had half as much moral outrage for the policies these people enact that cause suffering on a mass scale. Plenty of people dying or in hospitals right now who as a result of their irresponsibility and capitalist socipathy who likely have far better to contribute to society who weren’t starring in PSAs about how we just need to accept people will die.

  22. Veronica S. says:

    COVID19 really doing its best to take out these bastards, but like cockroaches crawling out of the woodwork, they’ll be here at the end, I’m sure.

  23. StellainNH says:

    Every time I see a picture of Boris, the theme song of “Benny Hill” starts playing in my head.

  24. Lowrider says:


    I do hope he will be okay , but still


  25. Kiki says:

    I don’t wish no harm on anyone. What good would it do anyway? However, I believe n Karma and it serves Boris Johnson right and karma will hit Nigel Farage too. I havr just rrad that the fools of Brexit are scrambling for supplies. So much of no free movement and globalization eh?

    Everyone, stay home and stay safe.

  26. Bohemian Angel says:

    And see the ‘real Prime Minister running away from Downing Street in fear!

    Run away Dominic Cummings and find a bridge to hide under like the troll that you are!!!

  27. Le4Frimaire says:

    I don’t feel sorry for him because he had access to the most up to date intelligence and health info, and like Trump, they down played it as much as they could, which worsened the spread, and didn’t prepare the nation enough. How many people did he pass this on to? His partner is pregnant and what is her exposure. Let’s hope he recovers because they need some leadership and it’s scary enough out there. People like him and Trump gut public health and government agencies that could help in this pandemic, then try to blame individuals ( or governors inUS) for exaggerating the threat or not being prepared. Everything is a sound bite and campaign rally to these clowns, regardless of the toll it takes on all of us. There are other countries trying to do the right thing, just not those two, the so-called leaders of the free world.

  28. February Pisces says:

    It’s funny how most public figures who have tested positive seem to look physically well. Not only has testing been available to them at the drop of a hat, their symptoms don’t seem to have escalated. I’m just wondering what treatment they have actually received?

    • Shoshone says:

      The new treatment being talked about here in the US is giving patients antibody rich blood plasma donated by people who had Covid19 and then recovered. It’s actually an old method for fighting a virus and it is already being tried in several countries.

      There is an experimental anti-viral drug that had not yet been in human trials which doctors were allowed to administer under “compassionate use” protocols to some of the patients from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who were critically ill. Quite a few of those patients survived and the drug is now under limited trial in China and Washington State. Only minuscule quantities of this drug have been created so far but it possibly could be available to people like Boris and the Queen etc.

  29. Bucky Bieber says:

    Bleak times.

  30. Thea says:

    Gasp. You mean the guy who boasted about shaking Covid-19 patients’ hands now has it? The same man who wanted healthy people to get it and was fine with people dying before their time? How’s that herd immunity working for him now?

  31. sarphati says:

    I just retired. At 70. Would have been nice to enjoy just a few moments of pleasure before dying from a trip to the grocery store!

    • MeghanNotMarkle says:

      I hope you stay safe, Sarphati!

      • sarphati says:

        Thanks for your kind thoughts. I adore this website and learn so much more about the world than the Economist! With the world gone mad, and Trump doing a lousy duet with BOJO, let it be quick, please! Just let it be quick.

  32. Bucky Bieber says:

    So I see one of Biden’s former staffers has accussed him of sexual assault and CNN & MSNBC aren’t reporting on it.. Do they actually think they’re going to stop people from finding out?

  33. khaveman says:

    Ah, Boris “I’m still going to shake hands” Johnson? Looks like you played yourself, sir.