Last February, Tory MP and then-vice chair Ben Bradley had to put out a humiliating tweet to atone for a clearly libellous comment about Labour Jeremy Corbyn, after Corbyn’s lawyers had a little word with him.
He was even required to intensify his humiliation by asking readers to ‘please retweet’. It was the Tories’ most ‘successful’ tweet up to that time and probably since, with almost 55,000 retweets, not including quote tweets and screengrabs.
In spite of that, senior Tories continued to defend Bradley, even after it became clear that Bradley’s numerous other social media missteps included quips about sterilising chavs.
Labour supporters knew, of course, that this was because Bradley was no aberration – the whole ethos and practice of the Tories are based on smears. It’s what happens when a party is politically and intellectually bankrupt.
And now it’s been confirmed by the revelation that not only was the government paying a company of former intelligence officers to conduct online smear campaigns against the Labour leader, but they were using public money – your taxes – to pay for it. Labour will table an urgent parliamentary question tomorrow.
Theresa May should now be preparing a Bradley-esque tweet on her own and her party’s behalf – it would make the response to Bradley’s look like a drop in a bucket.
She won’t, of course – and the Establishment media are trying to help her out of yet another scandal by ignoring it. So to save her time and trouble, here’s one the SKWAWKBOX made earlier for her:
Labour will table an urgent question tomorrow about the scandal, which undermines the UK’s democracy and misused public money to do so. Most of the Establishment media are likely to ignore it.
If only she and her had the integrity.
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