The Tory party’s latest attempt to bring young people on board was always doomed to fail. A discount card for Nando’s restaurant chain as compensation for huge tuition fees, a collapsing NHS, ever more unaffordable housing and policies like barring the under-25s from housing benefit – even if the subject of a screeching u-turn because of Labour pressure – was never going to fool anyone.
But the Tories might have hoped that they’d avoid being ‘owned’ on social media by the restaurant group itself. It turned out to be a futile hope.
Asked by a Twitter user whether the reports were true, Nandos was quick to respond:
But when asked by the Daily Mirror about the claim, the chain was even more emphatic – ‘brutally’ so:
We have no political affiliations. There is and will not be a political discount card.
The 20% discount for NHS staff is icing on the cake – or spice on the chicken.
The response triggered much hilarity on social media at the Tories’ expense (again), of which these are a few favourites so far:
— Yazzy Saz (@YazzySaz88) May 21, 2018
But others pointed out the serious side of what the Tories’ damp squib idea said about their attitude to – and remoteness from – young people, albeit still with a humorous touch:
The Tories can throw money at social media and other attempts to interest young people in their bankrupt politics and ideology, but they just can’t help being Tories…
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