The Conservatives’ attempted takedown of Jeremy Corbyn was a glorious self-own – the only 5 comments you need
We can expect the barrage of accusations and counter-accusations between political parties to go on until election day and beyond, but there may not be another as delightfully ironic as this one.
A nought is the difference between £1 billion and £10 billion. It may be a joke to Jeremy Corbyn but numbers matter – especially if it’s the cost of Labour’s risky economic policies on everybody.
You'll want to watch this one until the end. pic.twitter.com/3YtfpCvTcC
— Conservatives (@Conservatives) November 9, 2019
In case you missed the important points, Jeremy Corbyn claimed that the Tories had promised 1,600 new GPs but that numbers had gone down by 500, before correcting himself with the real figures that the promise was 5000, but the numbers had gone down by 1,600 – which is obviously far worse. He signed off the piece with a cheery “It’s only a nought.”
What possessed the Conservatives to share the clip as a means of embarrassing Jeremy Corbyn, when they come out of it looking so bad, is a mystery. Burning yourself to own the Libs – classic Dom.
Thanks @Conservatives for highlighting your broken promise.
GP numbers are currently , fewer than you promised, not 2,100. My mistake.
And by the way, there's also a shortage of , nurses.pic.twitter.com/f3XhRpxF97
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 9, 2019
Here are a few other takes on the bizarre self-own.
Is it strange or strangely clever for Conservative PR to publicise the fall in GPs under them when they promised a rise? They did even worse than Corbyn said at first. So what’s worse – that he got an answer muddled or that they failed NHS patients? Am I missing something? https://t.co/gNeUcp4jiV
— Krishnan Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) November 9, 2019
"Ha! Got ya Jeremy! We actually did worse than you initially said we did! You idiot! You total bloody moron!" https://t.co/PL3cPbSHnG
— Morgan Paulett ✊ #VoteLabour (@MorganPaulett) November 10, 2019
really think we've significantly overestimated the brain trust behind the tories' social media doing 'deliberately bad' posts https://t.co/CO65mV6SGG
— Stan The Golden Boy (@tristandross) November 10, 2019
Editor: We got a video of Corbyn getting the numbers on our old GP pledge wrong.
CCHQ: Tweet it.
Editor: Wait no, the real numbers are actually much worse than he originally-
CCHQ: I SAID TWEET IT. https://t.co/2ZL7getWye
— Bittah Conqueror (@JakeWiafe) November 10, 2019
That's Tory numberwang!
— Louis Henwood #DitchBrexit (@LouisHenwood) November 10, 2019
Labour candidate, Jess Phillips addressed the Conservatives directly.
WTAF this isn't a game! Grow the hell up and care more that there aren't enough GPs and you said there would be, not a gotcha on numbers. YOU LIED! Hope you're all loling at CCHQ while the rest of us wait weeks to see a doctor, you irresponsible children. https://t.co/ANzAS5gBaL
— Jess Phillips Esq., (@jessphillips) November 10, 2019
That’s them told.
Source: Reuters via Conservatives Image: Reuters and Twitter screengrabs