If ever a publicity stunt showed that Tory Party chairman James Cleverly has difficulty living up to his surname, it has to be the attempt to deflect from the party’s descent into chaos by projecting on to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Jezza has overseen three lost votes for alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, he’s forced the Tories to take a No Deal Brexit off the table, and he’s shown real leadership.
Bozo The Clown, on the other hand, has floundered. His Police stunt was widely condemned, he flopped at PMQs, and his sacking of 21 of his own MPs was totally ineffective. The Tories are a mess. So whose fault is that? Well, in the perverse world inhabited by The Blue Team, it must be Labour’s fault. So off went Cleverly to claim that it was all because Corbyn was afraid. He was frit. Worse, he was chicken!
To this end, Cleverly had Corbyn’s head photoshopped onto the body of someone wearing a chicken suit, proclaiming “Thinking about what to have for lunch. Large bucket of boneless (certainly spineless) JFC (Jeremy’s Frightened & Chicken) perhaps”. Laugh? I thought I’d never start. Then the Tories’ Twitter feed overreached itself.
“Hey [KFC UK and Ireland], we’ve found an even bigger chicken than you” it jeered. But, sad to say, KFC is not a chicken. It is a fast food chain that sells chicken. Worse for the Tories, it has a Twitter feed that can bite back. Which it then did. “This is KFC not LBC don’t @ me”. Ouch! Then came criticism from the Tories’ own side.
Sayeeda Warsi was unimpressed by the antics of her successor. “This James is silly playground behaviour … We are in the middle of a national crisis and this is our response … How can grown men reduce themselves to this level of silliness. What has become of this great Party of ours”. Could it get any worse? It certainly could.
Led by Donkeys, the campaign which had already projected the reclining figure of Jacob Rees Mogg on to Edinburgh Castle along with the strapline “Lying Tory”, copied the Tory tactics by putting Bozo’s head on to the figure of Orville the duck. And then projecting it on to Cardiff Castle, captioned “LAME DUCK … Totally useless Prime Minister”.
Small wonder the condemnation of Cleverly’s stunt was so vehement, typified by “[James Cleverly] definitely gets the award for the most childish MP in parliament. Do [Tories] ever talk about their policies? Piece of advice to them, name calling is not big and it's not clever & incidentally the [Lib Dems] already tried this and it backfired”. There was more.
One Lib Dem was, on this occasion, on the same page. “We don't do politics like this in Britain. Also it's a weird strategy. We know that the opposition parties just don't want an election until Article 50 has been extended. I just think it's really weird how he thinks he can sort of pretend people don't know that? Odd”. Then came the obvious comparison.
“I can think of a few people visiting foodbanks who might like some chicken, James. They can't joke about what they're having for lunch because your government is starving them. And your solution is cheap chlorinated imports from the US”. Well, quite.
James Cleverly fouls up again. Any more and he’ll make Brandon Lewis look competent.
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