From spoof newspapers to bold protest placards, people in Manchester had a lot to say about the party’s arrival.
annual conservative The conference only started on Sunday, but photos from the reception in Manchester suggest it hasn’t had the best of starts.
As fuel woes, concerns over HGV driver shortages and Christmas supplies still make headlines, it should come as no surprise that critics of the Conservatives came out en masse to undermine the party leading the country.
It began when Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, mocked a photo shared by the Tories to promote the convention, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson was walking with a London North Eastern Railway (LNER) train while “Manchester on the way”.
LNER does not go to Manchester.
Burnham’s tweet, “You’re on the wrong track” – which could have had a double meaning – garnered over 40,000 likes.
Pubs in Manchester are also conscious of the ongoing crisis, with a sign mocking the lack of fuel at petrol pumps – even as the government claims the issue is easing.
A sign outside its front door read: “Free liter petrol with every pint.”
Organizers working with the Conservatives have not helped either.
Guido Fox reporter Christian Calgi observed that the “exit” in one of the conferences was actually a seemingly recycled one from the previous Labor conference – even though the opposition last held the annual convention in Manchester seven years ago. .
Chancellor Rishi Sunak was targeted for his green spending ahead of his first speech in the role on Monday.
Posters of Greenpeace and its partners lobbying the Treasury on its investments in green policies are scattered around Manchester.
Johnson is also the target of another campaign poster in Manchester, as he was dubbed the UK’s “deadliest strain” in terms of its handling of the coronavirus variant and the pandemic.
The poster reportedly included a quote from him from last November, which read, “Let the dead bodies rise high in their thousands”.
Workers in the British pig farming sector have begun to protest outside the Conservative convention following the prime minister’s controversial remarks on the latest crisis within the food processing industry. 120,000 pigs Slaughter may have to be carried out due to shortage of slaughterhouse staff.
Speaking on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, Johnson said: “I hate to break it to you, Andrew, but I’m afraid our food processing industry involves killing a lot of animals, that’s the reality. Your audience It needs to be understood. That’s what happens.”
Campaigners pushing for a better asylum system in the UK even produced a spoof newspaper in honor of the Conservative Party convention called “Metbo”, where it mocked Johnson’s promises to welcome refugees.
The protesters also took to the streets with the hashtag #KashmirBleeds to push against the funding of arms by the government to both India and Israel.
Anti-Brexit campaigners have also come out in Manchester, protesting how the reality of Brexit really is in light of the fuel crisis and the ongoing HGV driver shortage.
Some of the protesters were campaigning against the Conservative Party in general, calling the current government “not fit to govern”.
One particular gesture referenced a Labor Party convention last week, when Deputy Labor leader Angela Renner controversially described the Tories as “scum”.