The Conservative Party Press office has been rounded upon by Twitter users after tweeting a quote from John Whittingdale's conference speech.
“There are no French Rolling Stones, no German Beatles; there is no Italian Bond, no Spanish Rowling, no Dutch David Bowie.”— CCHQ Press Office (@CCHQPress) October 5, 2015
The Culture Secretary's statement began with an anecdote involving Margaret Thatcher. He explained that at a meeting 25-years prior he had persuaded the iron lady to read a passage comparing the Liberal Democrats symbol to a dead parrot, and had succeeded.
He then moved on to recite Dominic Sandbrook, who wrote a piece in the Sunday Times on 27 September about Britain's global audience for popular culture.
Whittingdale stated: “There are no French Rolling Stones, no German Beatles; there is no Italian Bond, no Spanish Rowling, no Dutch David Bowie.”
A some-what predictable Twitter storm followed:
What the fuck is wrong with Tories? @CCHQPress— Sean Biggerstaff (@Seanchuckle) October 5, 2015
From pointing out who there's no English or British of:
@CCHQPress no English monarchs...— Ryan Barrell (@RyanBarrell) October 5, 2015
@CCHQPress There's no British Truffaut, no British Gerhard Richter, No British D&G, no British Galdos and no British Rem Koolhaas— Jason Beattie (@JBeattieMirror) October 5, 2015
@CCHQPress there is no British Gandhi, no British Garcia Marquez, no British Umberto Eco... are you sure you want to play this game?— Andres Guadamuz (@technollama) October 5, 2015
To generally just being confused:
@CCHQPress have you been drinking?— Ian Rennie (@theangelremiel) October 5, 2015
Even Owen Jones didn't understand:
what is this https://t.co/BjxTWmUNZL— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) October 5, 2015
Although the Twitterverse didn't supply any obvious support for the tweet, it has now been retweeted over 140 times.