#VoteConservative was as simple as it was brilliant. David Cameron’s final rallying call on the day of the local elections. A chance for Twitter’s Tories to express themselves.
Conservative HQ then erupted with joy and surprise – #VoteConservative was trending within minutes. But as rapidly as the joy came, it turned to horror:
— Emilie (@Emilie_Zola) May 5, 2016
Quite a statement. Cameron’s electoral techniques are also coming back to bite him:
A fan of scapegoating the poor, the homeless, the disabled, people who have a different skin tone than you? If so, #VoteConservative
— Jen (@Brummie_Jen) May 5, 2016
Sometimes simplicity is the ticket:
— Mikebythemoor (@Mikeofthemoor) May 5, 2016
People are delivering cold, hard truths too:
#VoteConservative and sell the country off to the lowest bidder.
— Marc Loewenthal (@Marcoloe) May 5, 2016
The Conservative government made a record-breaking £26bn through selling off our assets, often at a loss, in 2015. George Osborne and his ilk continue to value short term, one-off financial gains over more profitable long term investment that would leave the taxpayer much better off.
#VoteConservative for more homelessness, poverty and destruction of our public services…asset stripping Britain.
— Jen (@Celestite66) May 5, 2016
Also in 2015, the Department for Communities and Local Government reported a 55% increase in rough sleepers since Mr Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010.
If you're happy stepping over rough sleepers on your way to work #VoteConservative. If not, vote to stop austerity & cuts to local services.
— I was a JSA claimant (@imajsaclaimant) May 5, 2016
At least Cameron can be happy that blogger Tom Pride takes a moment to honour George Osborne’s record:
— Tom Pride (@ThomasPride) May 5, 2016
One Twitter user turned it into a poetry competition:
Hijack #VoteConservative with a poem about the sort of person who votes Tory.
Most RTed poem wins a prize
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) May 5, 2016
Here’s some of the best:
What corporates lobbied.
— Dr Jonathan Kershaw (@jeckythump) May 5, 2016
Smooth. People aren’t forgetting about the Panama Papers:
— Brian Walsh (@AmnesiacBrian) May 5, 2016
— Alan Knox (@alanknox) May 5, 2016
Cameron’s rallying call continues to be endlessly trolled:
If you want to #voteconservative remember voting is tomorrow
— Charlie P-W (@cakeandtweetit) May 5, 2016
There is abundant advice for Tory voters on Twitter this polling day:
Cut for time today?
Might not make it to the polling station?
Want to #voteconservative?
Just drive over someone disabled
— YES2 removing tories (@YESthatcherDead) May 5, 2016
You begin to laugh until you realise how close to the truth this is. Here’s some ways the Conservatives have abused Britain’s disabled citizens:
- The bedroom tax disproportionately affects disabled people and can lead to them being kicked out their home.
- The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) has been linked to causing 590 suicides and 279,000 cases of mental illness.
- Nearly 14,000 disabled people have had their mobility cars confiscated after a change in benefit assessment.
- Punishing those who need help by charging them for ringing to make claims.
- Needlessly took £30-a-week from disabled citizens through ESA cuts.
Cameron’s support of the tyrannical Saudi regime, which is essentially ISIS (Daesh) with an embassy, also made an appearance:
— Shlomo Anker (@Hapoel4) May 5, 2016
It’s important to think of the NHS at the polling stations:
#VoteConservative if u want to pay £400 a month for Health Insurance & £20,000 for a basic operation like my friend in San Diego has to do
— Shlomo Anker (@Hapoel4) May 5, 2016
If you want to protect the rich & the tax dodgers, privatise the NHS & generally screw over those less fortunate than you #voteconservative
— Louise Inman (@Inwoman) May 5, 2016
#VoteConservative then go home and complain about crap NHS, schools and generally being skint.
— Politiciansforpeople (@politicians4us) May 5, 2016
What makes this all the more amusing is that the Conservative party spends hundreds of thousands of pounds trying to get an edge on social media, and still falls flat on its face.
For any Tories getting excited click on #VoteConservative
I bet they thought they'd finally cracked social media ????
— Rachael (@Rachael_Swindon) May 5, 2016
Polling day is the perfect day to hold Cameron to account for the past 6 years of transferring wealth from the already poor to the already rich. The nation’s richest 1,000 families have more than doubled their net wealth since the crisis, while disabled citizens and the most vulnerable have been hammered.
This is not an accident, but the aim of Conservative policies. Hats off to Twitter for showing the true meaning behind #VoteConservative.
- Remember to get out and vote on 5 May!
Featured image via Twitter (@PMOTUK)