A Tory MP is campaigning for all Brits to have a portrait of the Queen in their home.
Joy Morrissey, Conservative MP for leafy Beaconsfield, said it is “time to rediscover our pride in being British”, as she backed the move by the British Monarchists Society.
The campaign calls for a picture of the Queen to be offered to “every home, company and institution that would like one”, she said..
But even the UK’s anti-woke Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not back the idea, with Downing Street saying it would not be “prescriptive”.
Ms Morrissey said in a statement: “I am proud to be launching a national campaign with the British Monarchists Society to put a portrait of Her Majesty in every home, company and institution that would like one.
“It’s time to rediscover our pride in being British.”
She added in a tweet: “I think this is a wonderful, patriotic and unifying campaign for our country. I will be writing to the Prime Minister to ask him to give it careful consideration and looking for opportunities to discuss further in Parliament.”
When asked about the campaign, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said on Thursday: “There are many excellent ways people can show their support for the Royal Family.”
The spokesman was unable to say whether Boris Johnson had a picture of the Queen in his Downing Street flat.
Not everyone has welcomed the idea, however, with many public figures on Twitter reacting with anger and disbelief.
Dragons’ Den star and business investor Deborah Meaden tweeted: “Don’t be bloody ridiculous.
“Divisive, jingoistic and stinking of the portraits put up in fear in despotic countries. “Our Queen deserves more respect than shallow display.”
Comedian David Baddiel added: “She knows most people already have some stamps somewhere, right?”
Others pointed to the Tory government’s decade of austerity, which has seen hundreds of food banks established across the UK.
Campaigner and writer Alex Andreou tweeted: “There are several food banks in Ms Morrissey’s constituency and thousands of people facing homelessness.
“Before you try to intervene in what people hang on their walls, making sure they have a roof seems to me a higher priority.”