Nichols uses ‘APPG’ as excuse – but ‘the description’ doesn’t include being chummy with representatives of the party trashing the country
Labour MP Charlotte Nichols has complained about being ‘dunked on’ because of a smiling photo she posted of herself at Wednesday’s England football match with Tory MP Mike Wood.
After the picture provoked outrage, she tweeted disparagingly of her critics, claiming that their positions on alcohol-related ‘APPGs’ – all-party parliamentary groups – justified the image and implying it made fools of her detractors. But she also admitted that they were both attending the match as the guests of corporate giant Heineken:
Of course, ‘the clue’ might be ‘in the all party bit’ – but while being on an APPG might require sitting with MPs from other parties (as well as receiving corporate freebies), the job description says nothing about posting smiling selfies of yourself with a representative of the party that has put millions into grinding poverty, including millions of children, and caused hundreds of thousands of needless deaths in its decade in power, with more than 150,000 just during the coronavirus crisis and more to come.
Nichols’s attempt to justify herself received similarly short shrift from many, with the added outrage at the apparent self-pity of her ire at being ‘dunked on’ – as typified by Twitter users Teri, JennyD and lobjob:
At the time of writing, the original tweet had not been deleted.
Ms Nichols is no stranger to provoking outrage with tweeted selfies. Earlier this year, she was widely slammed for posting a picture of herself with a racist ‘Labour’ leaflet targeting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. That hasn’t seemed to do anything to cure her tin ear to the feelings and hardships of so many people in this country on Wednesday night, nor her condescension when pulled up on it.
As one commenter pointed out, Wood has also published anti-GRT comments:
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