The Tories have faced mockery for a number of failures during this local election campaign, such as the leaflets that call an Ilford ward ‘your ward/area’ and don’t contain an election message – or the letter from Theresa May calling pensioners ‘Youmustbe F**kingjoking’.
But the debacle that has most caught the public imagination seems to be the case of the former MP photoshopped by his local Conservative association into a local community meeting he never attended.
Along with his dog. Badly. The idiotic scam quickly spawned a number of ‘tributes’ – and social media users quickly jumped in with their own contributions.
Here are some of them. Enjoy:
The SKWAWKBOX and @UKDemockery created an image reflecting on the fact that the dog’s stance in the faked Tory photo was the same as the silly ‘power stance’ ill-advised used by Tories – including new Home Secretary Sajid Javid in the first photo-opportunity of his tenure. This seems to strike a chord:
Some used the theme to point out the origins of the stance:
Some made variations on the canine theme to sound comedic effect:
Quite a few were so entranced by the stance that they sacked the dog altogether:
— The Agitator (@UKDemockery) May 1, 2018
Me, pretending to be a Tory in a pub. pic.twitter.com/YwzekpYica
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) May 1, 2018
And one combined it with a commentary on ‘dog eat dog’ (sorry) Tory politics:
The hunt for reflected glory
Many took inspiration from early contributions showing the former MP and his dog in famous scenes of triumph – England’s World Cup win and the moon landing, among others – to suggest that the Tories are in such dire straits that they’re desperately looking for any reflected glory they can find:
Quite a few contributors wanted to link the failed photoshop scam to other political failures and horrors:
Some made reference to very recent historical moments, while others went further back – but all with a tweak or two:
A few went for surreal images or pop-culture references:
Straight talking politics
A few went for a straight political message, presumably mindful of the importance of tomorrow’s local elections:
Where’s the Wally?
Finally, as a reward for making it this far, @UKDemockery, the artist behind the spoof images that got the ball rolling, made an activity picture, challenging everyone to ‘find the wally’.
They are definitely in there – see if you can find them!
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