A Daily Mail hack can’t work out what’s happening with our public services. Twitter schooled him fast.

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Emily Apple

Daily Mail hack Andrew Pierce is a bit confused. As someone who works for a paper that’s spent years sycophantically drooling over the Conservative Party, he’s in a bit of a quandary. Because he’s finally realised that there’s a bit of a problem with the state of our public services. But he was a little confused about the reasons why. Luckily, social media users were on hand to tell him exactly why there’s such a problem.

“What is happening?”

Pierce tweeted:

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As a political journalist, it’s a little unclear how he managed to miss the memo about the cuts this government has implemented. He has, for example, missed the 19% cut to police funding since 2010, resulting in 20,000 fewer officers on the streets.

He also seems to have missed the fact that, four years ago, GPs were warning about the effect of budget cuts; not to mention the impact that cuts to the NHS are having more generally.

“Wake up and smell the coffee”

Luckily for Pierce, the knowledge and expertise of Twitter soon answered his question. Labour MP Chris Williamson set the record straight:

And others soon followed suit:

Is he for real?

Some people just couldn’t believe his tweet. In fact, it made them check his account was genuine:

Another Twitter user checked in with the @Han_Dodges parody account just to be sure:

So yes, it does appear that a Mail political journalist was seriously questioning why our public services are so dire. Given his paper has supported the government making these cuts, it’s almost funny. Except it’s not. Because we all have to live with the consequences of that support through the devastating impact austerity has had across the UK.

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