Labour Takes on Hunt's Budget with Viral Meme Campaign on Social Media
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Labour Takes on Hunt's Budget with Viral Meme Campaign on Social Media

6 March 2024
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Labour Takes on Hunt's Budget with Viral Meme Campaign on Social Media

Labour's Comic Crusade

As the UK anticipated Jeremy Hunt's Budget announcement amid economic challenges, the Labour Party launched a creative attack on X, using pop culture figures like Bob Mortimer, Willy Wonka, and Ant and Dec to critique the Chancellor's optimistic view of the UK's economy.

A Nation at a Crossroads

Jeremy Hunt, navigating through the tempest of a technical recession that gripped the UK by the end of 2023, unveiled his pre-election Budget with promises aimed at alleviating national insurance, living costs, and duties on fuel and alcohol. However, the shadow of economic strife loomed large, casting doubt on the optimistic forecasts.

Labour's Meme Warfare

During Hunt's contentious speech, Labour's digital team launched viral attacks on X, gaining significant traction. One standout post juxtaposed a fantasy versus the grim reality of the UK economy, likening it to a failed Willy Wonka event in Glasgow, and garnered over 6,000 likes. Additionally, leveraging comedian Mortimer's fame from "Would I Lie To You?", they critiqued the government's economic management humorously.

Celebrities Ant and Dec also joined the fray, challenging Hunt on tax cuts amidst a high tax burden, further amplifying Labour's online presence.

The Conservative Response

In contrast, the Conservative counter-offensive on X seemed to falter, garnering minimal engagement. Their attempts to champion the Budget's highlights — like the fuel duty freeze and tax cuts — failed to ignite the platform's interest, trailing Labour's digital dynamism with a mere trickle of likes and shares.

Economic Promises in the Digital Spotlight

Even as Mr. Hunt sought to underscore his policy achievements, claiming significant savings for the average earner through tax reductions, the digital crowd's attention had shifted. Labour's narrative, rich in satire and social commentary, dominated the discourse, leaving the Conservatives to reckon with the power of creative engagement in shaping public perception.

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