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What’s your favourite UKIP excuse?

Is it Nigel Farage blaming his comments about Romanians on being ‘tired‘?  Kerry Smith’s medication?  London voters being too ‘media-savvy and educated‘ to vote UKIP?

UKIP excuses.  From top to bottom: Nigel Farage, Kerry Smith and Suzanne Evans.  (image credits)

UKIP excuses. From top to bottom: Nigel Farage, Kerry Smith and Suzanne Evans. (image credits)

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.

rtspectrum …but you retweet Tommy Robinson.  That is what the official UKIP Bristol Twitter page, run by chairman Steve Wood, did.

UKIP Bristol shares a video from Tommy Robinson's profile.

UKIP Bristol shares a video from Tommy Robinson’s profile.

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.

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Self-explanatory.

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?

Only someone with no self-awareness would say that RTs aren't endorsements, then ask for an RT 3 days later.

Only someone with no self-awareness would say that RTs aren’t endorsements, then ask for an RT 3 days later.

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:

An example of an 'old school' RT.

An example of an ‘old school’ RT (bottom), with original Tweet (top).

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.

A vile anti-Muslim Tweet RTed by Bristol UKIP.

A vile anti-Muslim Tweet RTed by Bristol UKIP.

5.  When it’s not actually an RT.

Bristol UKIP posted the tweet below, which does not help community tensions.  In reality, only a handful of (mostly non-Muslim) people turned up to the march.  It is not a RT.

When it's not an RT, what's the excuse?

When it’s not an RT, what’s the excuse?

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.

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