James Cleverly criticises ice-cream company for Twitter posts about Channel crossings
The Conservative minister James Cleverly has criticised ice-cream company Ben & Jerry’s for “virtue signalling”, after the company spoke out on social media about the plight of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Channel.
The spat between the ice-cream manufacturer and the government began when the company’s social media team published a thread about migrants and refugees directed at the home secretary, Priti Patel. Starting “the real crisis is our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture”, the thread pulled together a series of facts and resources about asylum seekers.
Hey @PritiPatel we think the real crisis is our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture. We pulled together a thread for you..
The number of illegal small boat crossings is appalling and unacceptably high. The figures are shameful.
France and other EU states are safe countries. Genuine refugees should claim asylum there, not risk their lives and break the law by coming to the UK. pic.twitter.com/qy2ykYicvl
Bought myself some ben and Jerry's this morning just because they've upset a bunch of people by tweeting @pritipatel about the people crossing the Channel trying to get to the UK. #BenandJerrys pic.twitter.com/eVTlWIlu80Continue reading...