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It may not be the biggest problem facing the UK right now but Remainers might want to check their spelling before they try to stop Boris Johnson’s “coup”.
Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament this week has been met with widespread outrage, with accusations that he is acting in an “anti-democratic” and “authoritarian” manner.
In response, pro-EU campaigners have rallied around the hashtag “StopTheCoup” to organise protests against the government.
But unfortunately, another hashtag was also trending yesterday – “StopTheCoupe”…
I see #stopthecoupe is trending and I’m taking a strong stance against it...
I love my coupe, it’s a great little… https://t.co/TAzjYrzMAV — Blake (@Blake)
We can argue all day about whether Johnson is actually staging a coup but we should be able to agree that Brexit has nothing to do with coupes.
Some people, such as former Dragons’ Den investor Rachel Elnaugh, have claimed that the StopTheCoupe hashtag is actually “weapons grade psyops” by Johnson’s special advisor Dominic Cummings.
We’re being played by #Johnsonaro (again)
This is ‘Weapons grade Psyops’
Watch ‘The Great Hack’ on #Netflix - an… https://t.co/X85sudwkW8 — Rachel Elnaugh (@Rachel Elnaugh)
Don't you think it odd that #StopTheCoop and #stopthecoupe are trending?
Can't THINK where they might have come f… https://t.co/oazB0GqHYH — Dame Rainbow Warrior 💙#JOHNSONOUT #FBPE 🇪🇺💻 (@Dame Rainbow Warrior 💙#JOHNSONOUT #FBPE 🇪🇺💻)
Although it seems unlikely that anyone in Downing Street has time for manipulating a hashtag right now.
Remainers would probably be more successful if they remembered that politics doesn't just happen on Twitter.
And if pro-EU campaigners can’t even hold a hashtag together, there’s surely not much hope for stopping Brexit...
The fact that #StopTheCoop and #stopthecoupe have been trending for the past 24 hours is an incredibly powerful arg… https://t.co/gWGgXZ0Ytu — Jonathan Pie (@Jonathan Pie)
HT Twitter Moments
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