Still trending hours after ‘Twitterstorm’
A hashtag set up to invite Twitter users to say why they want a change of Labour leader spent Wednesday evening at or near the top of the social media platform’s UK trend charts as users shared and commented.
The topic quickly hit number eight in the UK, higher than the #PMQs hashtag for discussion of the day’s Prime Minister’s Questions:
And it triggered Twitter’s algorithms to group it with PMQs, as the two topics merged and users attacked Starmer’s false claims about his comments on the EU’s medicines agency:
The topic then appeared to hit second place in the chart, immediately after tweets about the late ‘Captain Tom’ – and still featured hours after the hashtag had begun:
Even a glance at the responses under the hashtag shows why members and supporters have run out of tolerance for the party’s ‘leader’:
And the wider public seems to feel similarly: Starmer’s polling ratings dropped by seven points last week compared to Boris Johnson’s, even though the number of coronavirus deaths for which Johnson is responsible has now gone well past 100,000, while the party’s popularity also fell.
Starmer’s response to the fall – inserting a union jack into every possible photo and video, appalling even some on his own front bench – is likely to have contributed to the success of the hashtag calling for him to be replaced, as is his decision to write a column for the right-wing Mail.
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