#piggate: a newly published book claims that prime minister David Cameron took part in a rather… unusual university society initiation. Involving a dead pig.
A former donor to the Conservative Party has released a book detailing his feud with current prime minister David Cameron.
The Daily Mail describes the book’s claim that Mr. Cameron once ‘put a private part of his anatomy’ into a dead pig. Yes, you heard us right. This was allegedly part of a university society initiation whilst Cameron was at Oxford.
It’s worth noting at this point that nothing has been proved, though it’s claimed that a picture exists of the… event. David Cameron is infamously coy about his time at university. He was a member of the notorious Bullingdon Club, an all-male exclusive dining club, famous for it’s heavy drinking and the vandalising of restaurants.
So far Number 10 Downing Street are refusing to dignify the claim with a comment. Which is fair enough as, for the second time, there is no proof.
Unfortunately that didn’t stop the internet from going into meltdown. Here’s what we learned:
Make that several jokes. Several jokes and even more pictures. #piggate quickly went viral, followed by #hameron and #snoutrage.
Here are some of the best posts;
No comment: pic.twitter.com/6IEX3gM2CL
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) September 20, 2015
— Henry Legg (@PhysicsHenry) September 21, 2015
Many recalled an episode of TV show “Black Mirror” where a similar event involving a prime minister and a pig takes place;
Shit. Turns out Black Mirror is a documentary series.
— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) September 20, 2015
— Lianna Brinded (@LiannaBrinded) September 21, 2015
They mocked David Cameron’s tweet about the Labour Party;
Whereas some hammed it up;
Despite the online frenzy some UK media outlets didn’t quite know how to report this.
The Drum earned maximum punning points by noting how several media outlets seemed “hamstrung”. He he he.
The Drum noted that though Sky News were “traditionally bolder” than the BBC or ITN the #piggate story was “strikingly omitted from the regular newspaper review.”
BBC trending, the online section of the BBC which reports on trending viral stories is yet to publish a #piggate story. The Independent slammed this as “unnacceptable”.
— Joel Davidge (@joeldavidge) September 21, 2015
It is odd that several TV and radio channels are mysteriously forgetting to mention the supposed pig initiation. Is this on the grounds of decency or are they worried of the repercussions?
Talk about working under pressure; within hours of the story breaking CassetteBoy trottered (sorry) out this beauty;
Harsh or not, you have to admit this video is pretty clever.
Yes, the Twitter jokes were funny but eventually people realised they might be focusing on the wrong topic;
— Nerina Pallot (@ladychatterley) September 21, 2015
Then there was the issue about how political parties are funded;
Shouldn't the bigger scandal be that the Tories have been bank rolled by tax dodgers like Ashcroft for years? #PigGate
— UK Uncut (@UKuncut) September 21, 2015
People often moan about politics. We say it’s out of touch with reality and that politicians don’t care about ordinary people. Yet today, people were much more likely to share photocopied #piggate images of David Cameron than the news that free school meals may be scrapped.
Just some (not pig) food for thought.
Before the 2015 general election Ed Miliband was ridiculed for a picture taken of him eating a bacon sandwich.
In fairness, you can see why;
Ed can now relax knowing that he’ll no longer be the only one in pork-litical history (sorry, we had to) to be remembered for his connection to pigs.
That’ll do, Ed. That’ll do.