What You Need to Know About David Cameron's #Piggate, the Controversy Sweeping the U.K.
David Cameron has been caught in a media storm after a former billionaire Tory donor released pages from his tell-all book on the British prime minister. While some of the allegations may point toward corruption, the one that has the Twitterverse laughing nonstop involves a dead pig and Cameron’s private parts.
From The Guardian:
An unofficial biography of David Cameron written by the Conservative donor Lord Ashcroft has made a series of claims about his involvement in a drug-taking environment at university, a bizarre dinner club initiation ritual and his knowledge of the peer’s offshore tax status.
The publication of extracts in the Daily Mail, two weeks before the Tories’ autumn conference, is a sign of how far Ashcroft has fallen out with the prime minister, who is said not to have followed through on a promise to give him a significant job after the 2010 general election. …
The biography also makes claims about Cameron’s alleged exploits at university, saying an MP had seen photographic evidence that he put a private part of his body into a dead pig’s head as part of a dining club initiation ritual.
Read more about the controversy as it unravels on The Guardian’s live feed.
The Tory administration has refused to comment on the controversy thus far, leaving tweeters to tweet to their hearts’ content. And boy, have they been tweeting. Here are some of the highlights of #piggate:
I did not, have, sexual, relations, with that, pig.
— HannahJane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) September 20, 2015
— Jono Yates (@jonoBLITZ) September 20, 2015
— Jane Samuels (@JaneSamuels) September 20, 2015
It seems even the Russian Embassy in the U.K. may have gotten in on the fun:
— ALVX WILSON (@adjwilson) September 20, 2015
So did the Liberal Democrats’ leader:
I’ve never been more pleased to be a vegetarian.
— Tim Farron (@timfarron) September 20, 2015
Read other British politicians’ reactions here.
And for those of us across the pond, this Tweet may sum up our reactions:
— Juliet Mushens (@mushenska) September 20, 2015
Meanwhile, the Labour Party’s newly elected Jeremy Corbyn is moving forward with his plans to renationalize U.K. railways, which are in shambles.
As many have pointed out on social media, it’s important not to lose sight of the truly reprehensible things Cameron has done and is continuing to do to his country and beyond—perhaps after a good chuckle is had at his expense, though.
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata