If ever there was a hijacked hashtag worthy of attention, it’s Friday’s gem, #Istandwithtomwatson – started by the swivel-eyed right of the Labour party in a desperate attempt to rehabilitate the unsalvageable.
It started with some serious-but-what-the tweets by supporters of Watson’s unique brand of hypocrisy that were, in themselves, as funny and jaw-dropping as anything that came later as satire:
Can you say, ‘saboteur’?
Right. So that’s why he’s rushing to accept Emily Thornberry’s challenge and to refresh his mandate.
Pure fantasy on both counts, of course. Watson deserves even less respect for his ‘mandate’ (a paltry 38% in 2015) than he and the right show for Corbyn’s (62%).
And nobody’s ‘getting annoyed’. Quite the contrary, in fact. Never was a theme more perfectly chosen for a merciless take-down. Here are a few of the ‘best bits’:
But the most striking this about the hashtag is how few serious tweets there were, as opposed to the mocking ones – especially given that the right had attempted to organise a ‘Twitter storm’ – this writer could find just over 30 at the time of writing – and several of those were the ones promoting the ‘storm’:
Thirty!! And most of those were from a handful of people.
So it seems that support for Tom Watson is spectacularly low – even among the right of the Labour party.
To say the attempt to rally support for the woeful Watson backfired would be the ultimate understatement. And on that happy note, we bring you these three absolute gems:
— Devutopia (@D_Raval) March 24, 2017
Why would I want to #IStandWithTomWatson or anywhere near Tom Watson? The man's slimier than 2 eels doing anal in a bucket of snot
— mellow elephant (@mellow_elephant) March 25, 2017
And the outright winner – because it was meant (honestly!) seriously, is this one – which was followed by appreciative comments that were, frankly, just as disturbing as they were funny, was this gem. Believe it or not, it was created by someone who works for a ‘Labour’ MP:
This was met with completely understandable derision:
I'm sharing this so you can all see the most pathetically embarrassing thing I've ever seen. Once you've stopped wetting yourself. https://t.co/zbe4Ra85VY
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) March 24, 2017
When she realised her gaffe, the creator of the winner then tried to claim it had just been a joke:
And when that attempt at a bluff failed, resorted to deleting the tweet in the forlorn hope of eradicating the evidence so we’d all forget about it:
Ah well. If only Tom Watson was that easily removed the Labour Party would be a huge amount better off.
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