Labour leader needs just four words to put Health Secretary in his place – and send an unmistakable message to the people
Labour still dominate social media, in spite of the armies of suspectedly-paid trolls who attempt to mislead and clutter. In the end, you just can’t fake authenticity – as Jeremy Corbyn demonstrated yesterday with a Twitter response to hapless Health Secretary Matt Hancock that quickly went viral.
Hancock went outside his brief with a ‘lame’ attempt to rubbish Labour’s plan to renationalise utilities such as water companies – but Corbyn’s response and the reaction of Twitter users made it a Labour triumph.
Corbyn’s response – just four words long – dragged Hancock back to the area he’s responsible for and succinctly reminded the public just what Hancock, his predecessors and party are doing to the nation’s greatest treasure:
Well, three words and an acronym, to be precise.
The response was immediate and enormous. The message has been ‘retweeted’ – shared to all the Twitter followers of each sharer – thousands of times, along with hundreds of comments.
And what comments. The messages were almost entirely supportive of Corbyn – and withering toward Hancock and the Conservative party. Here are just a few from the top of the thread, with just a little censoring:
Who’d have ever thought there could be a ‘lite’ version of Jeremy Hunt? But Hancock has managed it.
Corbyn v Hancock is an extreme example of heavyweight v featherweight, substance v vapour, authenticity v PR. Statesman v placeman. A match that would never be allowed in a boxing ring and an embarrassment for the ‘JH-lite’ Hancock.
Labour – and its leader – have something to say to the UK’s people that they need and want to hear. The Tories always have to find ways to mask or divert from the damage they cause.
The ongoing and ceaseless damage to our health service is therefore the epicentre of endless and shameless Tory spin – but the truth can often be expressed in just a few words, as Corbyn showed.
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