Maria Caulfield is the clueless Conservative MP for Lewes, in east Sussex. She is a former nurse and the wife of an ex-serviceman – which makes her ill-advised criticism of a Labour campaign group all the more ignorant.
It seems Tooting Labour Party were out campaigning yesterday (November 11) – and Ms Caulfield took umbrage at the apparent absence of poppies from the photograph they posted on Twitter:
— Maria Caulfield MP #StayalertControlthevirus (@mariacaulfield) November 11, 2017
But if you look at the photograph…
— Tooting Labour Party (@TootingLabour) November 11, 2017
… while only one person is visibly wearing a poppy and four are not, we cannot tell whether the other 13 are wearing poppies or not.
It seems to This Writer that Ms Caulfield was, therefore, trying to score a cheap political point rather than expressing any genuine outrage – and I am not alone.
Twitter responded with its usual flair for accuracy. Ms Caulfield was – metaphorically, at least – tarred and feathered. I use the term advisedly, as it was an unofficial form of punishment and humiliation, often used on those who did not support the services, and remains a term for severe public criticism.
This Poppy Fascist has some cheek when the Tories cut support for the disabled, including ex-services. Concern one day a year says all you need to know about some Con MPs https://t.co/Ts4HxCOM3m
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) November 11, 2017
For an example of Conservative regard for ex-servicepeople, Ms Caulfield was urged to consider the case of David Clapson. Diabetic Mr Clapson – a former serviceman – is no longer with us because the Conservative-run Department for Work and Pensions decided to make him starve to death.
And let's not forget veteran Mark Mullins and his wife Helen – in suicide pact after 12 mile walks to foodbank pic.twitter.com/NOxFGxzSQc
— Red North (@RednorthUK) November 11, 2017
Here’s a pertinent point from Clive Lewis. He may be under investigation after allegations were made against him, but his willingness to stand up for the veterans speaks volumes:
If you knew anything about history and your Party’s shameful treatment of working class veterans after the WW1 you’d pipe down quick time. Look up ‘Geddes Axe’ then tell us who should be ashamed. https://t.co/x928SaghSK
— Clive Lewis MP (@labourlewis) November 11, 2017
If you want to look up ‘Geddes Axe’, here is a good place to start.
Of course, Tory attitudes in history and towards benefit claimants are not the only ways in which they have attacked veterans. Let us consider their current failings (after all, Twitter did):
It’s a shame the Conservatives can’t house 7,000+ homeless veterans as well as they do confected outrage. https://t.co/KnaiGXmqX5
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 11, 2017
7,000 former soldiers HOMELESS on the streets of Britain. Says all you need to know about the Conservative Party. https://t.co/C9x9SJf3bd
— Aleesha Khaliq (@a_leesha1) November 11, 2017
We get at least one ex serviceman at our foodbank every week. Says all you need to know about the Conservative Party https://t.co/zQdSMDSfDf
— Peter Smith (@Redpeter99) November 11, 2017
And, of course, there was an obvious personal comment to make:
Says all you need to know about this Tory MP when she can’t even spell remembrance https://t.co/VHH61JhMVU
— Jo Stevens (@JoStevensLabour) November 11, 2017
All in all – well, Judy Hamilton puts it very well:
Well, that comment went down like a lead balloon… check the responses https://t.co/HIbuvJQGCm
— Judy Hamilton #ShieldingFor6Months&Longer 😷 (@secretspartacus) November 11, 2017
And what of Labour? Judge for yourself:
a reminder that @MariaCaulfieldMP made cheap shots yesterday about lab not wearing poppies, they were were yet *7,000 soldiers left to ROT on our streets: Today we demand HOMES FOR …. homeless veterans need, support, shelter and immediate mental health care..
— Will Never Vote Labour Again **All Lives Matter** (@Isobel_waby) November 12, 2017
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