by Samuel Dale
The reaction of some parts of the left to an emphatic Conservative victory has been shameful and embarrassing.
There were anti-austerity protests in London (along with some rioting and vandalism) on the 70th anniversary of VE Day. “Fuck Tory scum” graffiti was sprawled over a Whitehall monument to women of the Second World War.
Parts of Facebook and Twitter has exploded with pure hatred about a Tory victory. There was the viral image of a garden centre owner who said he would charge Tory voters 10% more on all their purchases while Ukip votes were not welcome.
Can you imagine the fury if there was a similar sign outside a garden centre banning Labour voters? Is the Conservative brand so toxic that it has become the only socially acceptable form of discrimination? The only allowable thought crime?
I have seen a number of social media posts and remarks from people who now refuse to be friends with anyone who voted Conservative.
One Conservative voting friend explains how he was berated down the phone by another friend when he explained he had voted Tory. He said he the party was more in line with his own personal interests and this provoked venom.