Inaugural appearance boasts, “We’re coming to you through technology”.
On Tuesday, the ‘TIG’ group of quitter MPs broadcast its first ‘Facebook Live’ session – a ‘Q&A’ in which questions as stunning as ‘Do you have policies’ would have made it hilarious as it was.
But the beginning of the session was broadcast with Chuka Umunna, Angela Smith and interim leader Heidi Allen shown sideways – until a panicked intern or flunky hastily and noisily put the camera the right way round:
The TIGgers may have no intention of turning politics on its head, but for a minute or so they at least turned themselves sideways.
If anything could illustrate the absolute lack of substance of the quitter group, it’s hard to think of something better – and more fun. It would be overclaiming to say you couldn’t make it up; you could, but nobody would believe you.
And yet the video is the proof – still on their Facebook page, but filmed above by the SKWAWKBOX for posterity, with enough of the surrounding page included to prove that nobody has tampered with the original, woeful video.
The TIG group became known as the TINGE group on its first day of existence, after Angela Smith managed to become embroiled in a racism scandal not even two hours after the group’s official launch, by referring to ethnic minorities as having ‘a funny tinge’.
It then went on to launch a 20,000-word ‘leaflet‘ that appeared to contain nothing of substance, then announced it had applied to become an actual political party – only for a well-known charity to complain that it wanted its name back and was consulting its lawyers.
It also launched a Twitter account whose followers appear to be being – badly – rigged with fake accounts in an attempt to mask falls in numbers.
And now it launches its new concept – by technology, no less – on its side.
The TINGErs appear to be extremely well – and opaquely – funded, but you can’t buy substance or hide the fundamental uselessness of those involved, as they lurch from immediate disaster to the ongoing variety.
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