Students Take Cardboard Eric Pickles to America

Free “horizon widening” trip for government minister


Two crazy uni students are travelling across America with a cardboard cut out of Eric Pickles MP.

James Johnson and Daniel Falvey, from Oxford and Nottingham respectively, are taking the senior Cabinet Minister across the US of A from the beaches of Miami to the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Eric exploring the Florida Everglades

Eric exploring the Florida Everglades

James and Daniel told the Tab they made this unusual and ‘out there decision’ because Eric Pickles is a politician with “great gravitas”.

They said: “Eric is quite funny and self-deprecating. A good example is the salad mockery of George Osborne’s burger and re-tweeting pictures of Eric Pickles snow globes. We just wanted to bring Eric to the US.”

So far Eric Pickles’ cardboard lookalike has travelled widely, visiting Miami, Jacksonville and Texas.

He has spent time in the Florida outback, gone alligator hunting, been on the beach and had time with a National Park Ranger. He will finish his journey in a casino in Las Vegas.

Eric looking for alligators in the swamps of the Deep South

Eric looking for alligators in the swamps of the Deep South

The Tab contacted the real Eric Pickles and he told us: “I’m delighted they are taking me on such a wonderful trip without spending a penny of taxpayers’ money.

“This trip has widened my horizons and I’m really hoping to be taken even further afield next year.”

You can read more about the trip here.

Eric soaking up some sun. Good idea to keep your clothes on to avoid sunburn.

Eric soaking up some sun. Good idea to keep your clothes on to avoid sunburn.