This 30 August 2017 video from Britain is called Theresa May‘s Nasty Nazi Tory Youth want to “Gas the Chavs”.
‘Chavs’ is a British upper-class term of abuse for working-class people.
The ‘gassing’ part reminds me of this. And of, more recently, the London Grenfell Tower fire disaster. The local Conservative Kensington and Chelsea council had again and again dismissed fire hazard warnings by the working class Grenfell residents and by the fire brigade. Some of the Grenfell people who died in the fire were killed by poisonous gas, a result of hazardous insulation material.
By Steve Sweeney in Britain:
Tories Forced to De-Activate New Group as ‘Gassing Chavs’ Row Grows
Friday 1st September 2017
NEW TORY campaign group Activate was in disarray yesterday after it was forced to issue a statement denying it had ever launched following a string of sickening messages circulating on social media.
Comments posted in a Tory WhatsApp group calling for “chavs to be gassed” were leaked on Wednesday night, with screenshots of the comments circulated on social media after they were published on the Guido Fawkes blog — run by Tory supporter Paul Staines.
Members of the group swapped offensive messages including one calling for “Chavocide” and another describing working-class people as “vermin” who populate at high rates.
Others suggested using “chavs” as “substitutes for animals when testing” with one member writing: “Can we just introduce compulsory birth control?”
The group were warned to be careful as the conversation was “turning to a nazi chat”, although it continued until others intervened to stop them.
It was the latest in a string of gaffes by the so-called “Tory Momentum” group — set up to try to woo the youth vote — which has been subjected to widespread derision since its “non-launch” earlier this week.
Activate’s website quickly removed a list of key people after it was criticised for appearing to include only men.
And a page asking supporters to help raise £10,000 in campaign funds also disappeared after it raised just £39, with contributors named as serial killer Harold Shipman and child rapist [and friend of Conservative Prime Minister Thatcher] Jimmy Savile.
Activate was formed after Environment Secretary Michael Gove suggested the Tories should try to emulate Momentum following their disastrous general election result, saying they had much to learn from Labour’s grassroots campaign group.
However, in another display of staggering ineptitude, Activate abandoned its original Twitter account but left the handle available for leftwingers to use as a parody account still linked to the official website.
Commentators scoffed at Activate’s membership fee of up to £500 and a website shop which showed nothing available for sale.
Activate’s national chair is reported to have stepped down one day after its “launch” and the Conservative Party has distanced itself from the organisation.
An Activate spokesperson denied it was a Tory version of Momentum and claimed it had not even officially been launched. …
“Activate is a collection of young adults from a wide variety of backgrounds who want to provide a common meeting point for young Conservatives,” the spokesperson said.
Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said appeals to the youth were not new for the Tories, recalling former leader William Hague’s claim to have drunk 14 pints of beer in a day before he donned a baseball cap and leather jacket on a log-flume ride.
“The Tories just don’t get it. Young people see right through them. It’s the policies, the actions, the belief that Labour will deliver for them, not glorifying Margaret Thatcher or boasting how many pints you can guzzle in a day that will inspire our young people.
“I suspect the Tories will have to “de-activate” their latest effort on attracting younger voters who abandoned them en masse in the general election”, she said.
From daily The Independent in Britain, 31 August 2017:
Young Tory activists caught discussing ‘gassing chavs’ and ‘shooting peasants’ in leaked WhatsApp group
Members discussed ‘chavocide’ and conducting ‘experiments to see why they breed so much despite living rough’
In 2000 four OUCA [Oxford University Conservative Association] members were expelled from a meeting for making “Nazi-style salutes“. The New Statesman reported that a member of the OUCA committee at the University’s 2001 Fresher’s Fair greeted new students by saying, “Welcome to OUCA – the biggest political group for young people since the Hitler Youth”. Another member was dismissed from the Oxford University Student Union‘s executive for “marching up and down doing a Nazi salute”. In 2007 a drunken OUCA member gave a Nazi salute at a meeting attended by a former Tory MP.
In 2004 an ex-treasurer of the association was found guilty of bringing OUCA into disrepute “after posting ‘offensive’ comments about India in a newsletter”. At an OUCA hustings in 2009, two candidates made racist jokes, encouraged by others present. The incident led to national media coverage and an investigation by the University, which then refused to re-register the association, forcing it to drop University from its name and become OCA (Oxford Conservative Association). As a result of the incident, two members were expelled from the national Conservative party, and the Oxford Union banned OUCA from using its premises for hustings and in-camera events.
In 2011 The Oxford Student newspaper received leaked video footage of an OUCA member singing the first line of a song glorifying the Nazi Party in the Junior Common Room of Corpus Christi College after an OUCA meeting at the Oxford Union in 2010.
From the (Conservative) Guido Fawkes blog in Britain, 31 August 2017:
Activate Logo Rejected Over Swastika Resemblance
As members of the now infamous Tory WhatsApp group joked about “gassing chavs”, discussion turned to what the new ‘Tory Momentum’ group should be called. At the time the name “Future Focus” was considered, with one young member even creating a logo. The idea was quickly dropped when other members pointed out it bore resemblance to a swastika. They went with ‘Activate’ instead, alas they didn’t get rid of the sentiment as well as the logo…
‘You know what some people call us: the nasty party‘, present Prime Minister Theresa May told a Conservative party conference. Now we know some of the reasons why.