Tory party chairman Grant Shapps stirred up a Twitter storm last night after tweeting a Budget poster hailing the bingo and beer tax breaks as “helping hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy”.
— Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) March 19, 2014
The advert promoted Osborne’s Budget announcement of cutting beer duty by a penny and halving taxes taxes on bingo halls from 20% to 10%.
Speaking about the tweet, Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander told BBC2’s Newsnight: “I thought it was a spoof at first, it’s just pretty extraordinary. It may be our Budget but it’s their words, I think it’s rather patronising.
“Also I think it actually demeans some quite sensible things. There are good reasons to be supporting bingo, there are good reasons to be encouraging our pub sector to be stronger – that’s the analysis behind those measures.”
Twitter went into a tizzy with #ToryBingo. Here’s a round of reactions:
3 and 9 Grant Shapps resign #torybingo
— John Mann MP (@JohnMannMP) March 20, 2014
“David, it’s the phone for you; apparently Grant Shapps has tried to be clever again…” pic.twitter.com/UGkOtybzuW
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) March 19, 2014
Bankers heaven, it’s Number Eleven! #torybingo
— Kevin Meagher (@KevinPMeagher) March 19, 2014
Full of hate, 38 #torybingo
— Chris Riley (@minigong) March 19, 2014
Not there for long, number ten. #torybingo
— Ewen Kerr (@ewenkerr) March 19, 2014