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Posted on Apr 20, 2015

21 Pictures Of Politicians In Hard Hats Pointing At Things

It's election time, so watch out if you work on a building site. They point here, they point there.

1. All across the country there are a lot of politicians wearing hard hats and pointing at things.

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2. It started without anyone realising it. But now everywhere you go politicians are donning hi-vis jackets and stretching out their arms.

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3. The exact source of this phenomenon is unclear, but the action is becoming reflexive for our political class.

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4. In fact, once a politician starts pointing they find themselves unable to stop.

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5. Some politicians are better at it than others. Nick Clegg's hard-hat pointing action requires some work.

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6. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon adopts a more refined stretch of the arm.

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7. Ed Miliband's pointing skills also need a bit of work, although he is improving.

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8. Some politicians, such as Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, prefer to use a trowel to assist them in their hard-hat pointing.

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9. Politicians are also increasingly refining the technique. Some do a subtle point, with just their fingers.

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10. Sometimes, as George Osborne shows, it's easier to let other people do the pointing on your behalf, bestowing a certain regal calm on the situation.

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11. You can point to the right.

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12. Or point to the left.

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13. Or point your hands in the air like you just don't care.

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14. But no matter your style, just keeping pointing.

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15. And pointing.

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16. Occassionally politicians take off their hard hats, square off, and start pointing at each other.

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17. Others attempt to hide the hard hats altogether. George Osborne hopes you don't mention his baseball cap.

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18. Occasionally David Cameron wears a hard hat and points to distract those around him from their impending death at the hands of a fast-approaching container ship.

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19. Or likes to pretend he's working part time as a traffic policeman at a busy junction.

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20. But no matter where he is or what he's pointing at, Cameron is always ready to don a hard hat and do his political duty.

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21. Because he's definitely the UK political champion at standing on building sites wearing a hard hat and pointing at things.

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Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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