Then they came for Yorkshire Tea – the cancel culture of the left lives on | Alisha Rose

Cancel culture has by no means been abandoned to the previous decade. 

Almost a week ago, a Yorkshire MP and the new chancellor Rishi Sunak posted to Twitter with a picture of himself making cups of tea. Strategically positioned beside him sat a jumbo bag of the nation’s favourite tea bags by one of our quality British brands, Yorkshire Tea.

Since then, Yorkshire Tea has been trending on Twitter – for five days.

It’s thanks to the outrage mob of the British left-wing chattering classes who are trolling Yorkshire Tea in their hoards, condemning the brand, demanding it denounces the Sunak photograph and even calling for people to boycott.

And it’s not the first time they’ve called for their 580,000 Labour members to boycott a British company. Amusingly, the same insufferable angry keyboard minions who today announced they’ll “drink Tetley’s from now on” were also calling for boycotts of Tetley Tea, back in November 2019 when the prime minister toured a Tetley Tea factory.

But when Jeremy Corbyn shared a picture to Twitter of himself carrying a bag of Yorkshire Tea, there were of course no such cries of outrage and boycott from his right-wing critics. 

That’s because cancel culture is intrinsically a left-wing sport. 

It’s a censorship tactic deployed to intimidate celebrities or popular consumer brands into rejecting all forms of right-wing leanings or even neutrality. The over-the-top reactions to even the faintest association with any conservative figure or view is to result in those on the receiving end of the cancel culture and the world watching being deceived into thinking that right-wing politics is so extremely unpopular and frowned upon that they are safer and far more successful in adopting partial left-wing PR stunts. 

A good example of this is from May 2019 when Burger King encouraged the public to buy their milkshakes in the heat of a campaign by remainer, left-wing thugs to assault and humiliate Brexiteers by “milkshaking” them. It’s a ruse designed to portray a false image that they and their political ideology is mighty, popular and mainstream while also instilling fear in anyone who may consider making any partisan message that goes against their own.

But typically, these stunts backfire, just like their most recent attack on Yorkshire Tea, which has received five days worth of free – mostly encouraging – publicity. 

When an anonymous, angry Sue jumped in on the tea-gate dogpile, Yorkshire Tea called her out on her accusations. Sue replied to Yorkshire Tea with four lengthy paragraphs on austerity and Tory cuts, to which Yorkshire Tea expertly replied, “Sue, you’re shouting at tea.”

Isn’t it an awfully British scandal, an insultingly trivial first-world problem, when so many people have nothing more important to be outraged over than somebody they don’t like drinking tea?

Perhaps it’s time that Tory MPs paid a press-covered visit to the Twitter headquarters in London in the hope that the outrage mob will boycott Twitter next.


Photo taken from Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Twitter feed.

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