For many months now, there has been an ongoing campaign of supposed Labour members claiming on social media that they can ‘no longer’ be a member of the party.
So many months, in fact, that it seems the latest rash of ‘I can’t be a Labour member because Brexit’ tweets has required a little er, recycling.
Many examples have come to light of people announcing their departure from the party for the second (or later) time:
It’s such a transparent ploy – and a lazy one, since it wouldn’t be too hard to clean up historic tweets before ‘leaving’ again – that the only question in each instance is whether it’s a red Tory or a blue one behind each tweet, but it’s clearly coordinated.
However, left-wingers have responded with the humour that has helped the left ‘own’ political social media to the continual frustration of right-wingers – by setting up a #LeaveTheToryParty hashtag for tweets by Conservative ‘members’, or more accurately those making unevidenced claims of membership, to tweet their ‘departure’ announcements while making barbed-yet-accurate observations on the real blue rosette-wearers and their supporters:
These are not real Tory members, of course – which is exactly the point. But even if they were claiming to be, the popularity of the hashtag would reveal that the Tories’ skeletal and shrinking (in spite of unevidenced claims by leading Tories) members couldn’t realistically generate so many tweets.
The left turns the right’s lame tactics back on the poor Tories and their bots and sock-puppets yet again – with far more humour and effectiveness.
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