The Conservative Party has launched a bizarre and laughably hypocritical attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s principles:
People have been saying to me they are worried Jeremy Corbyn won’t stick to his promises.
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— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonLewis) August 22, 2018
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Conservative Party chair Brandon Lewis shared a new website called Jeremy’s Promises. It states:
Since the General Election in 2017, Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t said much about the promises he made.
Some people think Jeremy Corbyn’s promises aren’t very realistic.
Others think that he will just promise whatever people want to hear.
We’ve put some of his most popular promises in one place, so you can make up your mind.
The website then gives a series of Corbyn’s ‘promises’ followed by the option to state whether he has broken or kept his word.
“Given up the ghost”
Maybe the Tories hadn’t noticed, but Corbyn isn’t actually in government. This means it’s impossible to evaluate whether he will respect the EU referendum result or renew Trident.
Some people pointed out that the Conservatives seem to be preparing for opposition:
Asking will Jeremy Corbyn keep his promises is something you say in opposition. Nice to see you have given up the ghost.
— Mark lamar 🇵🇸Gaza (@Marklamar20) August 22, 2018
— The Skibbereen Eagle (@theskibeagle) August 22, 2018
Hypocrisy at its finest
People were also amazed that this government has the “gall” to criticise Corbyn, given its own record:
How the actual fuck do you have the gall to do this given the sheer number of u-turns you’ve made to your manifesto pledges? 😂
You are a joke of a Party! #ToriesOut
— Kav 🌹 (@LeftWingKav) August 22, 2018
In 2017, the Mirror listed 20 promises that the Conservative-led government had broken from its 2015 manifesto. These included backtracking on protecting school funding and boosting mental health funding.
And people pointed out that Lewis himself has a chequered history when it comes to honouring his own personal commitments:
Sticking to promises… like pairing agreements?
Pairing agreements like the one you knowingly broke?
— Jon 🚩 (@JonTheEgg) August 22, 2018
Lewis ignored a pairing agreement with Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson. Instead he voted in a crucial Brexit bill before later apologising. The Conservative chief whip claimed it was a “mistake”, despite evidence that he had instructed Lewis to defy pairing regulations.
Out of ideas
Some argued that this hypocritical attack is synonymous with a party that has nothing to offer the country “except poverty and misery”:
I find it very disturbing that the Govt treat the opposition as if they are in Govt and the actual Govt acts like its the opposition.
You have nothing to offer the country except poverty and misery so you try to distract with rubbish like this. #EpicFail
— jen wood#GeneralElectionNow #GetTheToriesOut (@unojen_wood) August 22, 2018
Yet the Conservatives are focusing on “petty websites”:
Please, focus on actually governing the UK not making petty websites or campaigns (*cough* love island bottle-gate *cough*) against the opposition. This is actually shameful.
— Roya Ziaie (@ryzldn) August 22, 2018
The government has officially run out of ideas. Thankfully, it seems to be getting ready for life in opposition.
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