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Mon Feb 24, 2020, 07:33 PM

Mad people blame a company because a politician drinks their brand of tea

Yorkshire Tea calls for truce after chancellor tweet attracts abuse

The brand had faced a weekend of calls to boycott it after Rishi Sunak, the Conservative MP for the North Yorkshire seat of Richmond, shared the image with the caption: “Quick Budget prep break making tea for the team. Nothing like a good Yorkshire brew.”




Many Twitter users responded by condemning the brand, leading the company to stress that it had not endorsed the association. It tweeted later that day: “Nothing to do with us – people of all political stripes like our brew.”

However, that message seems not to have been enough to silence detractors, as on Monday the curator of Yorkshire Tea’s Twitter account posted a thread saying they had faced a “rough weekend” of angry comments, and calling for a degree of perspective and greater civility online.

“On Friday, the chancellor shared a photo of our tea. Politicians do that sometimes (Jeremy Corbyn did it in 2017),” it said. “We weren’t asked or involved – and we said so the same day. Lots of people got angry with us all the same.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/feb/24/yorkshire-tea-calls-truce-rishi-sunak-tweet-abuse

These are the kind of people who believe in a flat earth.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 01:37 AM

1. When I saw that picture...

... I thought that it made him look like Dominic Cummings tea boy. Not a good look.

That said, I have seen people calling for Yorkshire Tea to be boycotted over this, and I find that exasperating.

It does however illustrate the perils of any politician endorsing any product or service. Politicians might want to appear more human by revealing their favourite brands, but all they achieve by this is more people boycotting those brands.

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Tue Feb 25, 2020, 01:58 AM

2. For those who call for a boycott...

...maybe we need to sit down and talk about it over a cup of tea. I prefer PG but Yorkshire Tea isn't bad...

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