This is the reason Labour is going to lose seats in the local elections next month, in a nutshell.
As I write this, the phrase “He’s a Tory” is trending on Twitter. It was intended as an explanation of David Cameron’s behaviour in lobbying his former colleagues in the Conservative government on behalf of his subsequent employer:
It's because he's a Tory. They're all greedy. The Conservative Party should be renamed the Selfish Party.
— Mr Black (@Mister_BIack) April 12, 2021
He's a Tory it'll be swept under the carpet and "lessons learned" now if it were a labour MP they'd be cat calls to remove them and inflict the harshest punishments
— Bit Sweary 💙💛 (@Atime4change) April 12, 2021
Well he's a Tory, he is also loosely connected to the royal family, he's done no worse that many of the other crooks in the cabinet.
To arrest him would be to open the floodgates for the rest of their wrongdoing.
— Martin Moore #FBPE 🌹🇪🇺 Education, Science & Eng (@mcm_home) April 12, 2021
No shit Sherlock..
He was a member of the Bullingdon Club
He's a Tory
He's a greed soaked bast#rd
He was Prime Minister
Now I wonder who he reminds me of…? https://t.co/1u5aJ3MBaV
— Paul Driff 🟨🟥 (@paul_driff) April 12, 2021
He's a Tory, but not just any Tory, he's…… an Eton Tory.
— Social Bloke (@bloke_social) April 12, 2021
But it has been hijacked – unintentionally, it seems – by critics of Keir Starmer who have taken it to refer to the Labour leader’s own political leanings:
Saw He's a Tory trending and honestly thought it was about Keir Starmer.
— Sam Went (@SamJWent) April 12, 2021
I see Keir Starmer is trending. Is it because "he's a Tory"?
— Pen Jf (@Humdiha) April 12, 2021
Genuinely think he's a Tory plant at this point
— The Shitty Avenger 🏳️🌈 (@Teo_plays_games) April 11, 2021
He's a Tory is trending on Twitter in the UK. That the tweets are split between being about either Cameron and Starmer says it all. pic.twitter.com/P0mdhlevVH
— Devutopia (@D_Raval) April 12, 2021
Yes, it says it all.
Most particularly, it says that Labour voters will abandon that party at the local elections next month.
The only question now is whether they will just stay at home, meaning the proportion of people voting will fall but the result is unlikely to be significantly different from usual.
Alternatively, they might choose to make their vote count by handing it to someone else. A boost for one of the minority parties like the Greens (or – more likely in the current climate – nationalists like Plaid Cymru or the SNP) would be a serious blow for Starmer’s credibility, along with that of the Labour Party he leads and may prompt a rethink of his leadership abilities.
It depends on how disaffected Labour voters feel.
Do they think withholding their vote will achieve anything?
Or do they actually want to push Labour into being better?
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