The University of Liverpool’s Labour Society has apologised after posting a Tweet which seemingly suggested the Queen should be killed. The Tweet coincided with the 369th anniversary of Charles I’s execution – with the society branding the day ‘Regicide Day’. The original Tweet, which was subsequently deleted, said “It’s been 369 years since the execution of Charles I. Happy #RegicideDay, comrades! We did it once, we can do it again”. Unsurprisingly, the Tweet caused a backlash. The page posted a follow-up Tweet to apologise, as seen below.
We have deleted our last tweet. It was intended as a tongue in cheek comment. We obviously do not advocate regicide. We apologise for any offence caused.
— UoL Labour Students (@UoLLabStudents) January 30, 2018
As mentioned, the original post caused a backlash from both past and present students. Many Labour supporters too criticised the post, and distanced themselves from the society. This is far from the first time that the Labour Society at the University of Liverpool has courted controversy. Just last month, the society were levelled with accusations of antisemitism, having been embroiled in a row regarding Israel. The society have developed a negative reputation.
‘Regicide Day’ refers to the anniversary of the death of Charles I. Charles I was beheaded on 30th January 1649 after being defeated by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. By saying ‘we did it once, we can do it again’, it was presumed the society were referring to the current monarchy. The sensitive nature of the Tweet led to the backlash. A spokesperson for the University of Liverpool said the post was ‘inappropriate’, while Merseyside Police confirmed they were investigating the incident.
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As mentioned, the society have gained a negative reputation in recent months, and have now even witnessed some Labour supporters distancing themselves from the group. There is no doubting this was an error of judgement, and the original Tweet was rightfully deleted. Click the link below to see more news from the University of Liverpool!