Can there be any other interpretation of this Tory campaign to build support in constituencies where the Labour MP has only a small majority?
They have been using Facebook’s facility to provide targeted – and therefore under-the-radar – advertising to attract voters in 19 Labour marginals.
And the line they have taken is hatred of foreigners.
We should not be surprised. It comes from the party that gave us racist vans telling people of foreign descent to “go home” in 2013, and followed it up with the Windrush scandal that is still rumbling on, two years after it was revealed.
Now they are stirring up offence at Labour MPs in Bedford, Coventry, Warwick, Newport and elsewhere by highlighting their opposition to the Tories’ Immigration Bill at the start of the month.
But they aren’t doing it honestly. Their campaign doesn’t say, “Your MP opposes our restrictions on care workers.” That would be honest.
Bear this in mind:
A study by the organisation First Draft which fact-checked Conservative targeted Facebook ads at the general election found that 88 per cent of them were misleading or dishonest, compared to none for opposition parties.
No – the Tory campaign says, “Your MP just voted against ending free movement.”
It shows how brainwashed some of the UK’s racists have become. They think ending free movement between nations is a good idea because it stops foreigners from coming to the UK and don’t spare a second’s thought for the fact that it means they can’t easily go abroad, either.
The Tory ads go on to engage interested racists in a data collection exercise that asks them to fill in a survey that even the Independent describes as “spurious”, with questions like, “Do you support strengthening our immigration system?”
The fact is that our immigration system no longer needs strengthening as there is now little reason for anybody to want to come to our used-up and ruined civilisation.
Would you want to come to work in a country where the jobs don’t pay and you’re subjected to racist abuse every day of your life?
Even education is a no-no nowadays, as even the biggest of our universities are finding. Who would want to educate themselves at the same place that produced prime muttonhead Boris Johnson?
But that won’t occur to the racists being targeted by the Tories as – at least in the educated opinion of This Writer – racists are simply not intelligent enough to think about this issues.
So we can see where this is leading.
The Tories will use their ad campaign – costing how much, I wonder? – to build up a database of useful idiots.
Then, when there’s an election, they’ll start sending these allies targeted messages, weighted to cause the maximum resentment of their Labour representatives.
This will be calculated to go viral, with these people mentioning the attack lines to their mates at work, online and even in the pub if it’s fully open by then (but nobody will mention the restriction being due to Tory idiocy).
The intended result is obvious: Labour loses those constituencies at the next election.
And what is Labour doing about it?
Under Keir Starmer, that party has stopped advertising on Facebook altogether – in an attempt at solidarity with Black Lives Matter after the social media platform was accused of failing to do enough to remove hate speech and racism, and after Starmer was caught badmouthing the anti-racist movement.
Good going, Clueless Keir!
On the other hand, the new New Labour leader has launched a social media campaign claiming that the party is “Under New Management” in a betrayal of all the socialist party members to whom he promised to continue the popular policies of Jeremy Corbyn.
He probably expected it to soar but it has sunk like a ton of bricks:
Did Keir knock this together on his Commodore 64? https://t.co/z9DLWVMRbx
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈🏴 (@TheMendozaWoman) July 22, 2020
Lol. After a lifetime's support of the Labour party, the party I believed all my life belonged to me and my ancestors, I'm now literally loving hating it and can't see myself even voting Labour again. There are millions like me for different reasons.
— Susan (@marthasydenham) July 22, 2020
It would be all very well building on the great strides made, if they weren't going so obviously backwards.
— Nigel Willoughby (@OpticVerve1) July 23, 2020
And what are we to conclude?
Labour under Keir Starmer will give constituencies away to the Tories because he is too busy chasing away his core support to fight their lies.
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