Yes, his team really did let him tweet that
One of the big political lessons of the past few years is that Tories just can’t do social media – and their unsuccessful attempts to do so have been a persistent source of embarrassment for them and hilarity for the rest of us.
Jeremy Hunt’s latest contribution is little different – or at least, older UK citizens will be hoping that’s all it is.
Hunt tweeted, presumably unintentionally, a sinister-sounding message that, as one respondent observed, sounded more like an ad for the Swiss euthanasia service Dignitas than a political pitch. It invited a huge response pointing out that, with the Tory record of ‘social murder’ linked to 130,000 or more deaths of vulnerable people, a threat to the UK’s elderly would be anything but out of character.
The response was enormous: Hunt’s post was “ratioed” at around 13:1, with around 3,200 responses at the time of publication compared to only 257 retweets – usually considered a reliable sign of a disastrous tweet.
Perhaps the pick of the humorous responses was this, in response to a retweet of Hunt’s message by fellow Tory MP and supporter of Hunt’s leadership campaign, Vicky Ford:
As a communication attempt by an MP who hopes, in spite of an awful record on the government front bench, to become the next Prime Minister it was, well, awful and Tories still can’t do social media. Or else, if he meant to say what he said, the consequences are even worse.
Jeremy Hunt’s Special Adviser who acts as his press secretary appears to have switched off his phone, as the number is unreachable.
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