Last night, Harrow Conservative Association’s official Twitter account put out a grossly racist tweet to its followers and the wider world. The object of that tweet was Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott:
How do we know it’s the official account of Harrow Conservatives? Simple – Harrow Conservatives say so:
The page was still up as of 12.57 pm today and has now been archived at Wayback Machine, in case the Tories decide to delete the page.
The watermelon comment is a crass example of racial stereotyping – not to mention stupid.
Whoever was controlling the account for – let’s not forget – Harrow Conservatives was clearly taken aback by being called out for his/her racism, as the tweet was quickly deleted and replaced by a more innocuous tweet that was ‘pinned’ to the top of the account, as one quick-witted Twitter user observed:
Quick thinking to change it for an innocuous pic & then pin… but no. Here's your original tweet. Own it. pic.twitter.com/0KBUe9Y9nP
— Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) August 3, 2017
Realising that wasn’t enough, the account-controller then tried more drastic measures. He – apparently he – renamed the original @digitaltories account, then created a new @digitaltories account and locked its tweets so only followers can see them.
That didn’t work either:
So, ‘Mike1984’ – which may or may not be related to a man named Mike – tried to brush away ‘his’ ‘DigitalTories’ racist tracks – and failed. The original, official account of Harrow Conservatives is on record forever as the source of outright racism.
Harrow Conservatives are not the first Tories to try drastic measures to hide Twitter bigotry. Ipswich Tory council head Nadia Cenci deleted her whole Twitter account to avoid a backlash over an insulting tweet about survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy – at the same time, hiding – or so she may have hoped – a number of other distasteful tweets – including a retweet of the leader of a white-supremacist group.
Last month, Diane Abbott spoke bravely and movingly in a parliamentary debate of the hideous racism she has suffered as a leading black MP – which at least one Tory MP then completely ignored, while bleating about ‘abuse’ such as someone signing ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ inconveniently.
That Tory MP, Guto Bebb, put out a video in which he tried to blame the left for the vast majority of online abuse – but on actual evidence, it seems more than evident that it is, in fact, the right that has a problem, especially with racist abuse.
And is only embarrassed about its racism when it gets found out.
Conservative HQ has been contacted for comment but has not replied so far. What action the party will take, if any, remains to be seen. Any comment will be published on the SKWAWKBOX when available. The SKWAWKBOX will also be discussing this with the police as likely hate-speech.
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