An ugly phenomenon has sprung up over the last few days as Tory MPs – no doubt driven by some twisted mind at CCHQ – have been engaging in a clearly-coordinated campaign of selfies posted at Foodbank collection points.
The vomit-inducing photos scream hypocrisy and sociopathy, with grinning Tories proudly holding up emergency supplies that will become all that stands between huge numbers of poor and vulnerable people – including children – and starvation:
For a Tory to talk about people being vulnerable, or ‘finding themselves in need’ like it’s something that just accidentally happens now and then, is nauseating. For Tesco to facilitate this vile propaganda is a huge failure by a business that in most ways has been good on Foobank support.
Former front-bencher Dominic Raab got in on the act, too, tweeting – with equal, contrived obliviousness – about ‘families… struggling at this time of year’ as if it’s merely a seasonal phenomenon and the Tories are not pressing ahead with the roll-out of Universal Credit and other policies that by design leave people without income for weeks or longer:
Trussell Trust and other Foodbank charities have had to go to such lengths because of Tory policies – and demand has skyrocketed as the Tories have pressed ahead with their extension even though they’ve been clearly informed of the damage those policies are causing to the most vulnerable.
And the Trussell Trust has recently attacked the Tories for a complete failure to manage the process of moving people onto Universal Credit, after then-DWP Secretary Esther McVey tried to claim they and other charities supported the DWP’s approach.
The photo phenomenon has caused outrage on social media. Appalled Twitter users have reacted with disbelief at the callousness and shamelessness demonstrated by these ridiculous photo-opportunities:
But it was the Regency Labour account that perhaps summed up best the perversity of the campaign:
There really are no limits to the cruelty, hypocrisy and shamelessness of the Tories.
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