People have started to notice something weird about Theresa May’s campaign events for the 8 June general election. They almost all take place in empty factories, with invited visitors bussed in. This has prompted a new nickname: Kim Jong May. For its likeness to the propaganda style of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Kim Jong May
May’s campaign events barely enthused the invitation-only guests, let alone the country. The stream of images on the campaign trail show one empty factory after another. So some bright spark stitched together the images into a North Korean style propaganda video.
— #EL4C (@EL4JC) April 27, 2017
So far, May has almost exclusively attended events with prepared audiences. With ordinary folk kept away from view.
But even with this level of control over the guest list, her audiences still looked like they’d arrived in blindfolds and handcuffs.
— Glen Harvey Jones (@glenharveyjones) April 22, 2017
Elsewhere on the campaign trail
The opposition leaders are having no such problem connecting with the electorate. And the difference has seen May’s lead in the polls drop by seven points in just a week.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has kicked off a strong grassroots campaign, meeting with communities across the UK.
— Pauline Lane (@Antonineone1) April 27, 2017
Theresa May in her own Tory-heartland constituency, look at glum faces. Compare to crowds of hand-shaking selfie-wanting crowds 4 Corbyn pic.twitter.com/4aV6bXTq3j
— Marcus Storm (@MarcsandSparks) April 22, 2017
The Green Party has been canvassing door-to-door and putting in public appearances in a more natural setting.
— Lewes Green Party (@LewesGreenParty) April 27, 2017
And the SNP in Scotland and Plaid Cymru in Wales have also been rallying support from the public.
— The SNP (@theSNP) April 28, 2017
— Aled Morgan Hughes (@AledMorganH) April 27, 2017
The tide is turning fast on Prime Minister Theresa May. When the PM called this snap election, the media treated the result as a foregone conclusion. But this is becoming a much tighter, more exciting race than predicted. And the public just might deliver a massive upset to the establishment on 8 June.
– Register to vote in the 8 June general election. If you don’t have a national insurance number, a 5 minute phone call on 0300 200 3500 will get it sent to you in ten days.
– Discuss the key policy issues with family members, colleagues and neighbours. And organise! Join (and participate in the activities of) a union, an activist group, and/or a political party.
– Also read more Canary articles on the 2017 general election.
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