SINGAPORE: British PM David Cameron named an orchid propagated in his honour at Singapore's Botanic Gardens during his whistle-stop visit to the City State yesterday, but the publicity event had a hitch.
The orchid, named Papilionanda David Cameron, is more of a purple—a colour used by Cameron's political opponents UKIP—and not so much the traditional Conservative party blue.
Needless to say British journalists were quick to pick up on the point.
The Daily Telegraph pointed out the colour had "raised eyebrows", while The Guardian's political editor Patrick Wintour tweeted: "Problem is the blue Cameron orchid is purple. Five year propagation ends in UKIP."
His view on the colour was in line with the official statement from the Botanic Gardens: "The flower will produce strong, upright flowering sprays that bear up to 10 large and attractive sprays. The sepals and petals are a delightful bluish purple with each petal being complemented by a dark and purple lip."