First, Conservative youth movement Activate – also known as “Active Hate” – published the following disgusting tweet:
As the cold settles in and the national gas supply is running low we are hearing horrific stories…
All across the country, Socialists are being forced to put their hands in their own pockets.
— Activate UK (@ActivateBritain) March 1, 2018
The response was a huge social media backlash, including the following:
Is this another parody account? What a disgusting tweet. When thousands don't even have a roof over their heads. Thousands more can't afford to put their heating on. The cold is a killer and the Conservatives will never wipe the blood from their hands. #ToriesOut
— Kev Flint (@SuperBigKev) March 1, 2018
T May has finally decided she can tell a naughty joke, on a day when the weather is going to kill UK citizens, and services stretched beyond coping. Tory youth also thinks this a time for jokes about it. Thank god they are a minority, and don't represent all young people.
— Mr R (@roberts69411729) March 1, 2018
Young Tories laughing at the deaths of the homeless and our elderly, impoverished by the austerity, they so admire?
I hope your arrogance keeps you warm tonight.
— Billy NeeMates #PCPEU (@Billyneemates) March 1, 2018
People are dying of cold but hey, have a laugh about it.
— ceedoubleu #FBPE (@ceedoubleu) March 1, 2018
And what was Activate’s response to the criticism? It was… predictable:
Well that went well .. predictably I’ve been blocked ! At least I momentarily got their attention! Not very resilient if they can only dish it out 🙂
— Mike Flinn (@mikerflinn) March 1, 2018
No, indeed. But it seems the Tories think their display of contempt for the vulnerable is perfectly acceptable, because Andrew Bridgen doubled down – I believe that’s the correct term, repeating it on the BBC’s Sunday Politics:
With homeless literally freezing to death on our streets right now it’s difficult to imagine a more tasteless joke then this one from Tory MP @ABridgen on @daily_politics this morning pic.twitter.com/C0gHRzoqgv
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) March 4, 2018
This must stop.
Let us see Theresa May apologise for the behaviour of her MP – and disband the vile Activate.
Oh, and before anyone tries to suggest that the tweet, and the remark, are fair comment, let us all remember: The claim that socialists don’t pay for anything themselves is a childish Tory lie. Socialists pay taxes; socialists pay their bills.
It’s Tories who dodge tax – and Tory MPs who get the rest of us to pay their bills by claiming them as expenses.
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