#ToryBingo: Grant Shapps stirs up Twitter storm with "patronising" Budget tweet

Tory party chairman Grant Shapps stirred up a Twitter storm last night after tweeting a Budget poster hailing the bingo and beer tax breaks as “helping hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy”.

The advert promoted Osborne’s Budget announcement of cutting beer duty by a penny and halving taxes taxes on bingo halls from 20% to 10%.

Speaking about the tweet, Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander told BBC2’s Newsnight: “I thought it was a spoof at first, it’s just pretty extraordinary. It may be our Budget but it’s their words, I think it’s rather patronising.

“Also I think it actually demeans some quite sensible things. There are good reasons to be supporting bingo, there are good reasons to be encouraging our pub sector to be stronger - that’s the analysis behind those measures.”

Twitter went into a tizzy with #ToryBingo. Here’s a round of reactions:

 

 

 

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