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Tory Goldsmith heckled at Glastonbury as he tries to ‘greenwash’ austerity policies

“Tory policy kills”: Zac Goldsmith (seated) could do nothing about protestors at his Glastonbury event.

Hear, hear.

Goldsmith was the Tory whose campaign to become London Mayor was reprimanded for Islamophobia.

It seems he went to Glastonbury intending to ‘greenwash’ Tory austerity policies, but festival-goers weren’t having any of it.

And how many disabled people have died because of Tory policies? You won’t get a straight answer from the DWP about that.

Conservative Party MP Zac Goldsmith has been heckled at a speaker’s event at Glastonbury Festival, with audience members reacting to his answers with cries of “blah blah blah, f***ing bulls**t”.

Goldsmith, who represents Richmond Park and North Kingston, was appearing at the festival’s Speakers Forum to talk about austerity and the environment, in a session moderated by BBC journalist Justin Rowlatt.

According to Somerset Live, the event quickly spiralled out of control when protestors carrying a banner reading “Tory policy kills” entered the tent. Goldsmith was subsequently booed throughout the session, despite Rowlatt’s attempts to intervene.

Protestors additionally shouted, “How many disabled people have died?” while expressing their disdain at the MP’s answers to questions.

Source: Glastonbury: Zac Goldsmith heckled and booed at Speakers Forum event | The Independent

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Labour’s plan for a Glasto-style music festival is a daring gamble. Here’s the reason

Jeremy Corbyn took Glastonbury by storm [Image: Rex Features].

Remember ‘Tory Glastonbury’?

I do.

It was dreamed up by George Freeman, a Tory MP who wanted to know why Labour supporters had all the fun in politics.

Well, his event demonstrated all the reasons we needed to see.

That’s why I think it is very courageous of Labour to plan a similar event.

We know Jeremy Corbyn is hugely popular at established events and gigs by major bands.

But with Mr Freeman’s event as a precedent, is Labour on a hiding to nothing with this plan?

Or is the party on a trajectory to pop superstardom?

Labour are planning their own Glastonbury-style music festival to celebrate Jeremy Corbyn ’s upsurge in support.

Party figures are planning a day-long event to take place in North London in June.

It comes after the Labour leader was given a rapturous reception at last year’s Glastonbury, where he gave a speech from the Pyramid Stage.

Source: Labour are planning a Glastonbury-style music festival for Jeremy Corbyn fans – Mirror Online


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Images reveal Tory ‘Glastonbury’ in – excruciating – detail

Theresa May live on the Big Tent Ideas Festival main stage. Oh dear – it’s a live TV feed of her disastrous Brexit speech from Florence [Image: @BigTentIdeas on Twitter].

As ridiculous as it looks, you know there’s a focus group being set up right now to work out what went wrong and how to make it better.

Whether they ever actually crack how to win over the public has yet to be seen. This Writer has doubts.

But we can enjoy this debacle for what it was:

https://twitter.com/alexGspence/status/911139237218734080

As ‘Big Tent Ideas’ hit a farm field owned by a millionaire, it seems fair to ask if anybody actually accepted the invitation to attend.

We ask because several pictures have now emerged showing just how hard stewards had to work to hold back the maniacally over-enthusiastic crowds.

The Tories repeatedly attempt to try to replicate the connection that Jeremy Corbyn has with people up and down the country and are continuously unable to do so.

The main problem seems to be that they are so incredibly out of touch with anybody who actually inhabits the real world.

Tory Glastonbury was simply further evidence of this.

Source: ‘Tory Glastonbury’ was an utterly shambolic fail, and the pictures of the event may make you die cringing


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Invite-only ‘Tory Glastonbury’ will repel the grassroots – not boost them

George Freeman: ‘Why is it just the left who have all the fun in politics?’ Is it because we know HOW? [Image: Chris Radburn/PA].

Here’s a Tory who doesn’t understand popularity: George Freeman. One wonders how he ever got to be an MP.

Perhaps Mid Norfolk always votes Conservative no matter which monkey is in the blue suit.

For Mr Freeman’s benefit:

You don’t inspire the masses with an event that is only open to people who have been invited.

You don’t inspire the masses by excluding them from an event at a secret location.

And you don’t inspire the masses by setting yourself up for this kind of ridicule:

A Conservative MP is organising a one-day festival in response to the popularity of Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at Glastonbury this year.

George Freeman, the MP for Mid Norfolk, came up with what is being dubbed the “Tory Glastonbury” as a way to boost the party’s dwindling grassroots support.

After Corbyn’s slot on the main stage at Glastonbury went down a storm, Freeman said: “Why is it just the left who have all the fun in politics? We need a cultural revival of grassroots Conservatism.”

The event, which Freeman envisages will be a “cross between Hay-on-Wye and the Latitude festival” will take place the weekend before the Tory party conference, which he says has become “increasingly corporate, expensive, exclusive” and no longer a forum for grassroots renewal.

A team of more than 20 people, including 10 MPs, is working on the event, which will be invitation-only with between 150 and 200 attendees. The event’s rural location is to be kept secret for fear of Momentum or anti-Tory activists gatecrashing. Some of the attendees are expected to camp.

Source: Norfolk MP organises ‘Tory Glastonbury’ to boost grassroots support | Politics | The Guardian


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