‘Er, guys, it’s tomorrow!’: Bungling Labour officials in new Twitter gaffe after wishing followers a happy St George’s Day 24 hours early
- Jeremy Corbyn’s party has deleted tweet after it was inundated with messages
- Labour’s policy is to make patron saints’ days as bank holidays if they get elected
- Last week it deleted Passover goodwill message after it featured a loaf of bread
Labour has been lambasted online today after wishing followers a happy St George’s Day 24 hours early.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party has deleted the tweet after it was inundated with messages from people informing them that England’s national day is tomorrow, April 23.
One wag replied: ‘I’m looking forward to their Christmas Day message… on the 24th December’ and another said: ‘Labour – the party that wants to run this great country can’t even get the date of St George’s Day right’.
The St George’s Day message was meant to promote Labour’s policy of giving people patron saints’ days’ off if they get into power.
It read: ‘Happy St George’s Day. With the next Labour government, we’ll celebrate the patron saint with a bank holiday and bank holidays for St Patrick, St David and St Andrew too. Sound good? Share the news’.
But within seconds followers pointed out they had bungled their announcement by putting it out a day early. MailOnline asked Labour to comment but they declined.
Labour’s social media team have made another mistake after wishing Britain a happy St George’s Day 24 hours early
Labour’s Passover greeting from three days ago included a graphic of a loaf of bread – which is specifically banned during the festival – and also had to be deleted
Critics were quick to jump on the error.
One said: ‘This is an absolute DISGRACE! The opposition Party , Labour, fail to recognise the correct date for England’s patron saint, St George. St George’s Day is April 23rd. What a shameful shambles, Corbyn and crew are!’
Another tweeted: ‘If only Corbyn and the Labour party knew #StGeorges day is actually tomorrow’.
A critic wrote: ‘Good to see that the @UKLabour party is on the ball (again) and getting the date of St George’s day wrong!’ and another added: ‘Er, guys, St George’s Day is tomorrow? If your going to pretend to care about the country, at least do it on the right day?’
Three days ago Labour deleted a Passover message on social media after it came under fire for featuring a loaf of bread – the food observant Jews are not allowed to eat during the festival.
The message read: ‘As Jewish people prepare for Passover, we’re wishing everyone in the Jewish community chag sameach #Passover.’
Critics, including Tory MP Michael Fabricant, were quick to point out Labour’s error
Leavened bread is not eaten during the eight days of Passover in commemoration of the Jewish people’s flight from slavery in Egypt, which didn’t allow time for dough to rise into bread.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party later posted an updated graphic, with the star of David but without the loaf of bread.
The inclusion of the image in an official tweet by Labour – alongside a Star of David and a goblet – led to a barrage of criticism.
Although the mistake was not in itself anti-Semitic, some observers said it was symptomatic of a party that does not understand Jewish people.
In 2014 Emily Thornberry quit as Shadow Attorney General after tweeting a ‘patronising’ picture of the terrace home in Rochester, Kent, with three England flags and a white van parked in the drive.
Cage-fighting car dealer Dan Ware, who owned the home photographed by Ms Thornberry, turned up at the MP’s home in north London to demand an apology.
Then Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was ‘angry’ with Ms Thornberry because it gave the ‘that somehow Labour had the wrong view of that family’.