The Conservatives have been hit with a Twitter “takedown” after a “patronising” advert on how the Budget 2014’s beer and bingo cuts help “hardworking people”.
The advert, tweeted by a number of Conservatives including Grant Shapps (see below) and Chancellor George Osborne (who has since deleted his tweet) read: “Bingo! Cutting the bingo tax and beery duty to help hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy.”
— Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) March 19, 2014
Labour responded by saying the advert shows that the “Tory mask has slipped.”
Jon Ashworth, Labour’s shadow cabinet office minister, said: “This patronising advert shows again how out of touch David Cameron’s government is. The Tory mask has slipped and revealed a party stuck in the past and only comfortable standing up for the privileged few.”
In the budget announcement on Wednesday, Goerge Osborne announced bingo duties would be cut from 20 per cent to ten per cent, and said a penny would be knocked off the price of a pint.
And there has also been a vociferous response on Twitter, including the #torybingo hashtag which has been trending in the UK.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) March 20, 2014
Morning IT’S BINGO DAY!.. Gonna make myself some real money!
— bob mortimer (@RealBobMortimer) March 20, 2014
— John Prescott (@johnprescott) March 19, 2014
Let them eat Bingo.
— Patrick Wintour (@patrickwintour) March 20, 2014
So who will be the first politician to be photographed at a bingo club in the next few days? Why am I asking, it’ll be Farage won’t it.
— The Media Blog (@TheMediaTweets) March 19, 2014
Take from the poor, 44.
Give to the rich, 66.
A donation for me? 73!
— Alan (@ExistentialQ) March 19, 2014
2:12 GMT The British in full flow-#ToryBingo an epic Twitter takedown.
— Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) March 20, 2014