Prentis PR stunt backfires
Tory DEFRA minister Victoria Prentis couldn’t resist a PR stunt to draw attention to the Tories’ fisheries bill – fishing rights being one of their favourite pavlovian dogwhistles when they want to whip up hatred of foreigners and divert attention from their disasters – by posting a picture that she claimed showed her ‘catching mackerel off the Pembrokeshire coast’.
But she was roasted on Twitter for claiming to have been angling when there was very clearly no line on the reel:
Prentis’s tweet was thoroughly ‘ratioed’ – considered a sign of a disastrous post – with around three times more comments than retweets. The comments made it plain what readers thought of her insult to their intelligence:
In all, there were more than one and a half thousand responses along similar lines.
The Tories: never missing an opportunity to appeal to the public’s lowest instincts while treating them like fools.
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