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Activate – the Conservative Party’s attempt to emulate the success of Momentum – continues to be comedy gold.

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The mid-March launch event was well-planned and well-publicised. Billed as a “campaign launch” and a “networking event”, raunchy adverts were targeted at Activate members on Facebook. A large room was booked in east London, including a bar with central London prices.

Despite the best efforts of Activate’s digital marketing meme machine, only 28 people turned up to the launch event, including four Tory councillors, two undercover reporters and two women under the age of 50. The group had booked a room for 150 people, so attendees congregated awkwardly around the free prosecco.

I had come to Activate’s launch event to learn how they aimed to learn from Momentum’s success, and how far they had come since their first launch attempt. What I found was an organisation with under 1,000 members, focused on personal career development and social media marketing rather than grassroots activism or discussing which policies might make the world better.

Source: We Snuck Into the ‘Tory Momentum’ Re-Launch Party – VICE


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Embarrassment for Tories as minimum wage would be £26,000 if it matched executive pay rises

Chief executives of FTSE 100 companies receive on average 94 times more than the average employee [Image: Alamy Stock Photo].

Somebody should have sent a memo to the brainiacs at Activate UK – the Tory attempt at an equivalent to Momentum.

Activate recently tweeted this:

https://twitter.com/ActivateBritain/status/948548100821528579

No, it doesn’t seem fair – mostly because decades of dull-headed neoliberalism has set rises in basic pay so far behind executive salaries.

If basic pay had been in step with executive pay, the minimum wage would be £26,000 – more than is paid to nurses, paramedics, doctors, firefighters and police officers.

Only train drivers are paid more. Activate has tried to claim this is because they work for a privatised industry, but it seems this is the more likely explanation:

Exactly. More power to the RMT!

And well done to Activate, for highlighting the shocking way bosses have exploited their workers and added the pay employees deserve to their own already-inflated salaries.

The disparity in pay between those at the top and bottom of the earnings ladder is revealed by analysis showing the national minimum wage would be £5.24 an hour higher if it had risen at the same rate as a FTSE 100 chief executive’s pay over the last two decades.

With 2018 marking the 20th anniversary of legislation that heralded the minimum wage, research by the GMB union underscores by just how much the statutory pay floor has failed to keep pace with executive earnings.

It shows that if increases in the national minimum wage had kept pace with a chief executive it would be £12.74 an hour compared with £7.50 now for those 25 years and older. For a worker aged over 25 on 40 hours per week this would equate to £26,000 a year compared with the £14,664 they are currently paid.

Source: Minimum wage would be £26,000 if rate matched executive pay rises, GMB finds | Society | The Guardian


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Inside Activate part two: incompetence from Day One

If you enjoy watching other people get their comeuppance for a series of blunders, this exposure of Activate remains comedy gold.

Read the Evolve Politics article:

So, now that Tory Thomas’ Facebook account was finalised – complete with poorly photoshopped, outrageously materialistic profile pictures and a ludicrously stereotypical Tory back story – Evolve’s dastardly plan to infiltrate Activate really was beginning to take shape.

The next stage of our operation was to try and infiltrate Activate’s secret member’s group on Facebook.

But, because Evolve weren’t willing to lie and fake a Tory Thomas PayPal account to purchase our membership, we really were expecting to fall at the very first hurdle.

Nonetheless, using our assigned Tory Thomas account, we sent a request to Activate’s member’s group asking to join (this member’s group has subsequently been made secret, but was public when we requested access). Within minutes we had received a response from Fizarn Adris – Activate’s then Membership Director – asking us to join as a paid member before we could access the secret member’s group.

Unfortunately, after receiving this message, continuing with our investigation meant giving money to an organisation that we really didn’t want to be funding.

With hind sight on our side, we definitely feel it was £10 well spent.

Furthermore, because Activate have finally now decided to boot us from their secret member’s group (a group we are actually still entitled to be in due to being paid up for entire year as a Full Member and them having no code of conduct), we are, hilariously, entitled to a full refund from PayPal.

Read more: PART 2: Evolve Politics Undercover Inside Activate – Unadulterated Incompetence From Day One | Evolve Politics


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Social media politics site has been undercover at Tory youth organisation from the start

“The Activate Tories genuinely fell for this. Honestly.” [Image: Evolve Politics.]

This is not only a brilliant exposure of an inept pro-Tory propaganda fail; it is also comedy gold.

Read how Evolve Politics created a fake Conservative to infiltrate Activate:

Evolve Politics secretly infiltrated the Tories’ imitation-Momentum group Activate, gaining the full trust and backing of Activate’s National Chairman Gary Markwell, before having a Senior Editor offered a job on Activate’s Media Team.

With essentially no prior vetting whatsoever, an Evolve Senior Editor was given control of Activate’s official social media accounts, had open access to highly compromising information on individuals within Activate and the Conservative Party, and witnessed first hand the woeful self-destruction of Activate’s leadership team as their organisation was mocked mercilessly in the national media.

Evolve were able to easily gain full and unfettered access to Activate passwords, secret groups, and highly sensitive, compromising information, as well as witnessing details of extremely questionable activities within the organisation itself.

During the investigation, Activate suffered numerous leaks of information – all of which were completely unrelated to our undercover activity. Evolve Politics knows the identity of those individuals leaking information, as well as the individuals responsible for taking over Activate’s official Twitter account.

Source: EXCLUSIVE: Evolve Politics were undercover inside Tory-youth group Activate from the very beginning [Part 1] | Evolve Politics


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Shiny new Tory ‘youth’ movement is full of the same tired soundbites

Have a listen to this interview with Activate’s Sam Ancliff and tell us what you think.

The best information This Writer could get from it was that the troubled organisation’s official launch will be on October 14 (never mind the appallingly cack-handed Twitter postings and the WhatsApp controversy – they weren’t official, it seems) – when it will publicise a 60-second video of the afore-mentioned Mr Ancliff explaining why he became a Conservative.

It’ll be gripping. I can’t wait.

The best parts of the interview are Mr Ancliff’s defences of the various scandals that have hit Activate in the week or so since it made its presence felt on Twitter and in its own dedicated website. His complaints about the abuse he alleges has be levelled against his members is risible when one compares it to that suffered by Labour supporters, from Tories.

But much of it is very similar to every interview with a Conservative that we’ve heard over the last few years, concentrating on the idea that Labour is bad. As interviewer Josh Hamilton points out, it seems that is all the Conservative Party has to say.

Maybe Activate will be able to prove us all wrong, and come out with new and exciting perspectives on right-wing politics.

But I doubt it.

Here’s the interview, conducted by Josh Hamilton from ‘The Jist’ political website : http://www.thejist.co.uk/podcast/chatter-episode-9-sam-ancliff-activate


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Tory youth group wants JACOB REES-MOGG to take over as PM. Has the website been hacked again?

Jacob Rees-Mogg has backed the loser time after time. Is he about to become one? [Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images].

This is breathtaking. Only a day after This Writer posted ridicule of Jacob Rees-Mogg from members of the public, to show how unfit he is to lead the country, Tory youth wing Activate has demanded that he should take over as leader from Theresa May.

Here’s the message, from Twitter:

https://twitter.com/ActivateBritain/status/904752710599266304

It says: “Activate are now backing Jacob Rees-Mogg for the next leader of the Conservative Party.

“The decision was made based on a unanimous vote amongst Activate leadership and regional representatives.

“We feel that Theresa May’s leadership is simply not working, and we require fresh direction.

“Activate will now be openly backing Jacob Rees-Mogg as we feel he has the vision and competence to lead the Conservatives into the next General Election and deliver a Brexit that truly works for everybody.”

The announcement has been almost universally derided.

This Writer particularly enjoyed the response from rival Conservative youth group VicTory:

https://twitter.com/Vic_ToryUK/status/904826515782856705

It says (spelling mistakes as written): “Here @VicTory, we have observed with growing dismay the debacle unfolding at @Activate Britain.

“We would like to take the opportunity to distance ourselves from this embarrassing spectacle.

“There is a desperate need for a genuine movement that can harness the passion and potential of young people for the cause of Conservative values.

“It is, therefore, a shame, that neither Activate, or it’s less well known sister account @OurConviction, can provide a coherent or inspiring conduit for that potential.

“Therefore, we at VicTory sense that it is our opportunity, and our city, to step up to the plate – as the ONLY genuine voice of Conservative youth.

“We call upon all fine young, upstanding and moderate young people to stand with us – together, we will prevail.

“‘There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.'”

If this is in any way a reference to Activate’s support for Mr Rees-Mogg, then it is doubly hilarious because of this:

https://twitter.com/Vic_ToryUK/status/903597424115150848

For This Writer, of course, the new development represents a tremendous opportunity.

Hours after I said supporting Rees-Mogg was ridiculous, Activate came out in support of Rees-Mogg.

I must try this again! Send in your suggestions!


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With Labour 54% ahead of the Tories among young voters, what can ‘Tory Momentum’ do?

Theresa May turned her party into the enemy of the young [Image: Getty].


“Grind to a crushing halt” seems the logical answer.

The latest YouGov survey puts Labour a staggering 54% ahead of the Conservative Party among 18 to 24 year olds.

Yet, instead of thinking that maybe it was their decisions to massively hike tuition fees , scrap housing benefits for 18-21 year olds, cut the Education Maintenance Allowance and reduce funding for youth mental health services, they believe hearts and minds can be won with “memes and funny images”.

Not that I’m complaining. I can’t wait for the Activate ball at next month’s conference, when the turns will include stand-up from Theresa May (riffing on all the wheat fields she ran through), Michael Gove as his own ventriloquist dummy, Katie Hopkins sawing an asylum-seeker in half, and a cast of chinless wonders, champagne flutes in hand, pogoing to The Jam.

And me thinking, like Paul Weller did when David Cameron named Eton Rifles as his favourite tune: “Which bit of that don’t you get?”

Source: Tories only have themselves to blame for their lack of support from young voters | Mirror Online


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Clash of the memes: With ‘Tory Momentum’ groups online, who has the best soundbites?

Ha ha: New Conservative grassroots support site VicTory gets satirised (and possibly sanitised as well).

This war of words (and pictures) has only just started so it’s hard to suggest who has the winning firepower at the moment.

This Writer would suggest that the early skirmishes are going Labour’s way:

https://twitter.com/Vic_ToryUK/status/904031804570701825

The following response is priceless:

And in the Red corner:

https://twitter.com/thefifer1314/status/903633789250924546

Shall we finish on a serious note?


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Now we are three: Not the number of Tory ‘youth’ movements – their mental age

First there was:

Then came:

Now cower in trepidation at the arrival of:

This latest one is a real pearler. Apparently Jeremy Corbyn can’t be trusted to help blow up the planet in a nuclear fireball. Personally, This Writer could do with a few more world leaders like that.

Does anybody see any signs of intelligence in these groups? Because I can’t.


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‘Gas chavs’ WhatsApp chat WAS by Activate members


Remember this statement from Activate, the Tory version of Momentum?

You should; it only appeared on the organisation’s (yet-to-be-launched, allegedly) website a couple of days ago, and is still there at the time of writing.

Well, it’s a lie.

https://twitter.com/MattTurner4L/status/903650611509555200

So evidence is available to tie the abusive language to pro-Conservative campaigners.

According to Kerry-Anne Mendoza in The Canary, Activate membership director Fizarn Adris was in the WhatsApp chat – and had a Twitter account revealing a “hostile attitude” to poor and vulnerable people (“had” being the operative word – it has been all but cleaned out now).

And what are the mass media doing about all this?

They’re turning it into a story of abuse by left-wingers. Seriously:

No “allegedly” about it – I’d say that’s deliberately misleading the public.

Meanwhile, here’s a clip of the chap in charge of Activate, from 1987:


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