‘Try again with a British soldier, you silly sausage’
Tory MP Ben Bradley has an outstanding track record of making a fool of himself, as the proud author of the most popular Conservative tweet – his ‘please retweet’ apology for ridiculously smearing Jeremy Corbyn – to deleting a tweet on race after being ‘owned’ by Martin Luther King’s daughter, a thorough self-humiliation after trying to take on footballer Marcus Rashford over school meals and condemnation of Bradley’s ‘eugenics’ comments about the poor.
So it’s perhaps not entirely surprising that Bradley managed to screw up his attempt to pay tribute to those who fell serving in the British armed forces.
Bradley tweeted a kneeling soldier in front of a union flag – but the soldier was American, not British:
Various ex-forces personnel pointed out the blunder, highlighting that the uniform and weaponry weren’t right – and that the graphic’s creator lazily seems to have grabbed a stock image of a US soldier from a well-known image licensing site:
Others pointed out that the Tories’ fondness for ‘overblown’ tributes is exceeded only by their liking for foreign wars that get more soldiers killed – and their habit of failing to provide the best equipment for serving soldiers or proper support for veterans when their service ends.
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