Fresh from stirring controversy by having to apologise for posting a ‘racist ad’ to a parliamentary Whatsapp group, Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy decided last night that it would be a good idea to tweet a selfie of herself with Tory front-bencher Matt Hancock at the NME music awards, in an apparent – if failed – attempt to ‘goad’ this blog:
In December, Ms Creasy had tweeted bizarrely accusing the SKWAWKBOX of ‘victim-blaming’ after we sent her a press enquiry about a gig she attended with a right-wing MP, a journalist and a right-wing former Labour MP who mocked a gambling addict as ‘rouletteboy’. It didn’t go well.
The reaction to last night’s selfie was swift, as Labour members and others gave their opinion on her apparent happiness at hanging around with a prominent member of the party that inflicted austerity on the UK.
Some responses were pithy in the extreme:
Others felt it demonstrated a particular disconnect with the lives of the struggling people – and a certain electoral misjudgment:
Some thought that Ms Creasy would benefit from a reminder of the opinion of a Labour Party giant:
While others felt that her tweet was not entirely in keeping with Labour’s social media policy:
The policy states that
Those with privilege, whether due to their…party position…should have regard to how their actions may be felt by those in different circumstances to themselves.
so ‘Fred Bloggs’ may have a point, as the appalled reactions of some in difficult circumstances demonstrated. Many responded to provide their opinion on socialising with Tory MPs in view of the harm and distress that Tory policies have inflicted on them, their loved ones or society.
Some pointed to society and the effects on disabled and vulnerable people:
Others pointed to more specific examples, including that of a homeless man who died next to Parliament yesterday and a young mother who died in her freezing home, wearing her coat because she couldn’t afford to heat her house while her children were at school:
One very personal response was particularly heart-rending:
Occasionally, Ms Creasy responded, but – as has happened on previous occasions – she appeared to respond to something other than the question being asked or the point being made:
Chris Hall asked a question about socialism but got a different answer. And the SKWAWKBOX specifically challenges Ms Creasy to show any occasion of this blog ‘demanding she leave a gig because a Tory MP turns up‘. Ever. Or even suggesting it.
Asked why she would ‘show off’ and ‘rub our noses in [it]’, Ms Creasy claims her questioner is cross because she was civil to someone. ‘Take a selfie and tweet it’ would rarely be found under any dictionary definition of ‘civil’.
This tactic – answering as if the issue was civility instead of a provocatively-tweeted selfie with a Secretary of State of the party whose policies have been blamed for the misery of millions and linked to the deaths of many tens of thousands – failed to impress:
Never mind, there’s always condescension to fall back on:
A number of people pointed out that Ms Creasy’s latest Twitter adventure began barely an hour after the Labour Party had broadcast a harrowing, moving ‘party political broadcast’ video about just the kind of cost – in lives, misery and societal damage – of Tory policies that her tweet was being criticised for ignoring:
This is the devastating reality of Tory austerity for so many communities in our country. You cannot keep our communities safe on the cheap.
If you agree, make sure people hear these stories. Share this now ↓ pic.twitter.com/MLVFHR7DVj
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) February 14, 2018
And with that, we’ll end.
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