On May 5th 2016 the United Kingdom went to the polls to vote in various elections including the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish parliamentary elections, the London assembly elections, various local and mayoral elections, and a re-run of the farcical 2012 PCC elections.
One of the top trending hashtags on Twitter throughout the day was #VoteConservative, which seemed very dispiriting at first, until it became clear that the vast majority of people using the hashtag were doing it ironically.
The whole thing was triggered when David Cameron and various other top Tories began the PR exercise of including the hashtag '#VoteConservative in their tweets.
The Twittersphere was never going to let a hashtag like that go to waste without ridiculing it, so the #VoteConservative feed soon became completely dominated by anti-Tory tweets.Sam and I just got back from voting - whatever you're doing today, make sure you #VoteConservative and #BackZac2016. pic.twitter.com/dfSW6aQnS8— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 5, 2016
Here is a selection of some of the best examples of anti-Tory #VoteConservative Tweets:
#VoteConservative if you really do think it was poor and disabled ppl who broke the economy & should be punished accordingly— Amy (@thisisamy_) May 5, 2016
#VoteConservative if you think Britain should bow its head to Saudi Arabia just so we can get cheap Oil. pic.twitter.com/sSSelxEAs7— Shlomo Anker (@Hapoel4) May 5, 2016
Please #VoteConservative to alienate all those pesky junior doctors. We don't need them or the NHS, we can save our own lives.— Moi (@Kelsblells) May 5, 2016
If you are an empty, heartless shell that's driven only by sheer greed, leech from the poor, laugh at the destitute then #VoteConservative— Loobyloo (@joanna_caron) May 5, 2016
@David_Cameron #VoteConservative for the privatisation of schools and the NHS, so nasty Dave can line the pockets of his mates.— James Palmer (@JamPal32) May 5, 2016
If you want to watch '1984,' but you're too cheap to buy the DVD - #VoteConservative— The Hourly Terrier (@hourlyterrier) May 5, 2016
You could #VoteConservative or you could save yourself the trip and just kick a poor person in the face. Same thing, really.— Rowena Wilding (@rowenawilding) May 5, 2016
#VoteConservative To support the offshore tax industry— Martin O'Neill (@DrNostromo) May 5, 2016
#VoteConservative if you hate the poor, the disabled, the homeless, students, teachers, Muslims, junior doctors, libraries, badgers & foxes.— Ivan White (@ivanwhite48) May 5, 2016
If you're really cold of heart— Andy Hearn (@AndyHearn09) May 5, 2016
Laughing as we fall apart
Be part of this evil story
Just nip out, Vote for a Tory #VoteConservative
Cut for time today?— YES2 removing tories (@YESthatcherDead) May 5, 2016
Might not make it to the polling station?
Want to #voteconservative?
Just drive over someone disabled
#VoteConservative if you agree with the systematic dismantling of the nhs, Trade unions and the demonisation of the poor, sick and disabled— end austerity now (@socialistbelief) May 5, 2016
#VoteConservative— Pauline Lane (@Antonineone1) May 5, 2016
if you support :-
taking benefits from disabled
& making people homeless
The fact that this highly predictable PR disaster was triggered by ex-PR man David Cameron's Tweets shows him up as the massively over-promoted and incompetent Tory toff that he is. There's no way that Twitter was simply going to sit back and allow David Cameron's one dimensional Tory propaganda go un-ridiculed.
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