New Home Secretary Sajid Javid arrived for the fist day in his new job today by adopting the famous Tory power pose.
The newly promoted minister greeted a crowd of photographers outside the Home Office as he takes up the new job in wake of Amber Rudd’s resignation.
With his legs akimbo and planted firmly on the ground, Mr Javid beamed as he posed for the press before greeting his new team at the Home Office.
Twitter users gently poked fun at the minister’s striking stance – comparing him to the Prince Regent in Blackadder and a Subbuteo character.
The so-called power pose first burst onto the stage in 2010 when a scientific paper said those adopting the striking stance were projecting power.
New Home Secretary Sajid Javid arrived for the fist day in his new job today by adopting the famous Tory power pose
George Osborne rocked the pose at the 2015 Tory party conference – just months after the party secured their first outright majority since 1992 (pictured)
During the Tory party conference in 2015 Theresa May also adopted the pose as she took to the stage as Home Secretary to address the party faithful
David Cameron was also a fan of the power pose – displaying it on an EU referendum debate show in 2016
Columnist David Brooks has summed up the thinking behind the pose, writing: ‘If you act powerfully, you will begin to think powerfully.’
Twitter users who spotted the stance were quick to poke fun at Mr Javid’s post – comparing it to the Prince Regent in Blackadder and rock and roll guitarists.
Javid is trying to project power, like Putin or Trump, body language expert says
Sajid Javid struck his pose to project power in a way similar to Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump, a body language expert has said.
But Darren Stanton said the new Home Secretary’s stance is so extreme it risks backfiring and looking a bit ‘odd’.
He told Mail Online: ‘That is off the scale power.
‘It is something that Putin or Trump might do.
‘The theory is that the more space we occupy the more powerful you are. So the more space Sajid occupies the more confidence he is trying to project.
‘It is like he is rooted to the post – he is more or less saying, “I’m here now, it’s all OK”.
But he warned that Mr Javid’s stance is so extreme it looks a bit ridiculous.
He said:’It is so grandiose it does look odd. It is too extreme.’
British Sailing poked fun at the new Home Secretary for adopting the stance – which they suggested he may have swiped from their advertising campaign.
While an American Twitter user posted a montage of rock guitarists including Slash from Guns N Roses adopting the Mr Javid-esque stance.
Alongside the images Jesse Busen wrote: ‘Skims British twitter – is it guitar power stance day across the pond?’
Mr Osborne rocked the pose at the 2015 Tory party conference – just months after the party secured their first outright majority since 1992.
During the same conference Mrs May also adopted the pose as she took to the stage as Home Secretary to address the party faithful.
While Mr Cameron also adopted the striking pose in June 2016 when he appeared on the Sky News EU referendum debate urging the public to back Remain.
But as Tory ministers enthusiastically took up the pose, others have been busy rubbishing it and predicting its demise.
Dana Carney, one of the authors of the 2010 report ‘Power Posing: Brief Nonverbal Displays Affect Neuroendocrine Levels and Risk Tolerance’ which helped popularised it, says it is actually ineffectual.