Food blogger and poverty campaigner Jack Monroe has become the target of horrific abuse on Twitter after suggesting the Prime Minister "uses stories about his dead son as misty-eyed rhetoric to legitimise selling our NHS."
#CameronMustGo, which has been trending in the UK for two days, encouraged people across the country to post reasons why David Cameron should resign. Monroe, 26, was one of many high profile tweeters to join the thread.
Because 1 million families needed food from a food bank last year, & emergency services are cut while MPs get a 10k pay rise: #CameronMustGo— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) November 23, 2014
Because he uses stories about his dead son as misty-eyed rhetoric to legitimise selling our NHS to his friends: #CameronMustGo— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) November 23, 2014
Many soon jumped on the single mother over the remarks, with one person tweeting "i hope ur child dies".
@MsJackMonroe If you think that is a legitimate comment you really have a skewed view of the world. You're a sad case with a twisted mind.— Noddy (@Noddy_Holder) November 24, 2014
@MsJackMonroe I'm not a fan of his politics either, but that is just vile. A really nasty thing to say. Shame on you.— Sam West (@Sam1992West) November 24, 2014
@MsJackMonroe you're a bit of a prick aren't you— Ben Abboudi (@Bouds92) November 24, 2014
Politicians also joined the reaction, with a host of backbenchers and Tory ministers denouncing Monroe's comments.
"This is thoroughly unpleasant and distasteful. David and Samantha’s tragic loss of their son has never been used to justify any Government policy" Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell told the Daily Mail.
Monroe released a short statement after being approached at her home by MailOnline.
Doorstepped by @MailOnline. Short statement, politely delivered, don't regret pointing out that DC closes down debate on NHS & disability...— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) November 24, 2014
..And that his experience of caring for Ivan was not comparable to experiences of others, many of whom are now victims of welfare cuts. End.— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) November 24, 2014
Some people were calling for Monroe to be fired from positions at Sainsbury's and The Guardian.
Sainsbury's told The Spectator: "Jack Monroe blogs independently. Sainsbury’s is not a political organisation and we certainly don’t share her views."
Despite these attempts on her career, the backlash prompted a strong show of support from Monroe's fans.
Solidarity with @MsJackMonroe. Look at her timeline to see what happens when you are a high profile woman who chooses to express an opinion.— Alis McOtter (@tedmcotter) November 24, 2014
The attacks on @MsJackMonroe prove there's nothing quite so threatening to the establishment as a woman with a political opinion.— Sarah Lesniewski (@sarahlesniewski) November 24, 2014
The hashtag storm comes at a difficult time for David Cameron, as hundreds of thousands of health workers, including midwives, nurses, radiographers, cleaners and psychiatric staff stage their second strike in a month.
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