What’s your favourite UKIP excuse?
The great British public have been using the #UKIPExcuses hashtag on Twitter to parody the party’s famous apologies, defences and justifications.
Today we will focus on one excuse: claiming, when caught on Twitter retweeting people or content you shouldn’t have, that: a retweet is not an endorsement. Or, if you use Facebook: ‘liking’ a page doesn’t mean agreeing with it.
Both variants of the same excuse appeared in this hilarious rationale written by UKIP Bristol’s vice chairman in response to our article yesterday. In particular, the laughable reason cited for retweeting and ‘liking’ anti-Muslim pages was:
…to be fully informed as to what the entire political spectrum is up to as we head towards the elections in May
So when does this excuse lose its credibility?
1. When you never RT Labour, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Green, or Hope not Hate.
On Facebook, chairman Steve Wood ‘liked’ the Britain First page but does not ‘like’ any of the mainstream parties’ pages. If this is about being ‘informed’ in the run up to the election, who on earth is he expecting to run against? Mickey Mouse?
2. When the Tweet says ‘RT if you agree’.
The only conclusion to deduce from the below is that UKIP Bristol find the term ‘bongo bongo land’ acceptable.
3. When your vice chairman pleads for retweets.
If retweets mean nothing, why does vice chairman John Langley plead for retweets from others, to support his various causes?
4. When you add no commentary or context to the RT.
If you feel strongly enough about something to retweet it, perhaps you could add a bit of text to it. Plenty of people still use the old style RT, here’s an example:
It is advisable to provide some context when you RT a piece of anti-Muslim bigotry. An accompanying comment, even in a separate Tweet would help. Bristol UKIP did not do that here.
5. When it’s not actually an RT.
Now you know. Also, apparently writing a blog makes you as bad as ISIS. Haha! And it means you behead people with your keyboard.
Which sounds kinda cool.