One of the key loyalists of outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his successor as a supporter of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who has been very vocal in the attacks against Rishi Sunak, was on Sunday retweeted a dangerous and distasteful image of the former chancellor. faced criticism for doing so.
Culture Secretary Nadine Doris re-posted a tweet on her social media account, in which Johnson was imaged as Roman leader Julius Caesar and Sunak stabbed him in the back, in reference to his assassin Brutus.
Trade Minister Greg Hands, who is backing the former British Indian minister in the race, told Sky News the post was appalling.
“I find it distasteful and I find it, less than a year after we stabbed our colleague, in very bad taste, even when dangerous,” he said.
Referring to the stabbing of Tory MP Sir David Ames by a constituent last year, he said: “It’s not even a year since Sir David was stabbed…,”
But an unnamed aide of Doris pointed out that it was apparently a satirical image of Brutus and Caesar that had been photoshopped to provide political commentary.
“Certainly some people would like to be intentionally offended,” the aide said.
Doris had previously attacked Sunak’s expensive dress sense as a sign of not being in contact with the British electorate and accused him of leading a brutal coup against his former boss.
“I am deeply disappointed that Boris Johnson was ousted through a brutal coup as he was, led largely by Rishi Sunak, she said.
This comes as a report in the Observer newspaper claims that Sunak’s team is being urged to overhaul their general election-style campaign in favor of a grassroots effort, defeating Liz Truss. Spoke directly to an estimated 180,000 Tory members in the U.S.’s last attempt. Conservative leadership.
Truss is leading in opinion polls and looking at bookies’ odds as the preferred candidate to succeed Boris Johnson.
The vote is very soft, you don’t need to do much to move it. We’re making it too complicated. Talented people are in charge, but I worry that we are fighting the wrong campaign, a cynic who supports the Tory MP told the newspaper.
Another MP said: The stuff their people are producing with them is the stuff of social media for the general election. It is about the members of the party. It should be just about getting the sage and key supporters to reach as many members as possible. They’re trying to weed out lawmakers for themselves, but it’s mainly creating social media graphics.
A third colleague said: “I think it’s going to be tough for him but I just can’t give up hope.” Many MPs are talking to their unions. there’s still time. It would be redundant to just go through the motions for the next four weeks.
Postal ballots for the election will begin landing at Tory members’ addresses next Thursday, with the deadline for receiving full ballots being set for the evening of September 2. The result will be declared on 5th September.
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