by Tim Lezard @TolpuddleTim Teachers are threatening to boycott Marks and Spencer unless the store stops advertising with the Daily Mail. Blog site TeacherRoar yesterday organised a Twitter storm to complain about yesterday’s Mail splash that accused t …

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Teachers are threatening to boycott Marks and Spencer unless the store stops advertising with the Daily Mail.

Blog site TeacherRoar yesterday organised a Twitter storm to complain about yesterday’s Mail splash that accused the NUT of paying its teachers to go on strike.

The hashtag #HateMail was trending yesterday evening as teachers vented their anger at the newspaper.

One of the suggestions was that teachers boycotted Marks and Spencers, which was advertised on yesterday’s front page above the strike story. Some tweets are below;

@alien_teacher This is not just any boycott, this is an angry teacher boycott

@whedonworhsip marks and spencer by advertising in the Daily Mail you are endorsing your attacks on teachers and unions. Don’t give money to #HateMail

@dib1966 marks and spencer won’t be shopping at your store again, nor will my colleagues

@LouRegan1 A ‘newspaper’ that ignores huge scientific news in favour of libelling teachers. Don’t support Marks and Spencer

The boycott was not welcomed by spoof Twitter account @Toryedumacation which describes itself as the pantomime villain to the pantomime villain of leftie education folk.

Responding to the boycott, @Toryedumacation tweeted:

We would stop shopping in Marks and Spencers but we have a gift card and it’s nearly Crimbo.

I don’t think I could stomach a 15% drop in sock quality just to have a moral conscience

I don’t mean to question your moral choices but the 10 meal deal is very hard to ignore

Spoof tweets aside, there was a lot of anger at the Mail’s coverage of strikes in Haringey over the union’s right to elect a rep. Here is a selection of some that made an impact last night:

@NUTArea3 NUT members can elect their own reps. It is called democracy. Daily Mail need to look that word up

@NUTnorthern NUT isn’t “paying” teachers to strike”, they are using union funds, set aside for the purpose, to defend the rights of all members

@luna17activist Support @HaringeyNUT in striking to defend vital democratic rights & representation

@red_labour The Daily Mail treats ordinary trade union members with distain for a cheap, lazy headline. Without a shred of integrity

@PeoplesBookshop Trade unions & their members are the lifeblood of democracy and accountability in this country. The Daily Mail is the opposite

@TonyDowling The Daily Mail hates unions because they defend education against privatisation and profit. Those terrible teaching unions defending education and workers’ rights

@MrBenSellers Wonder if the Daily Mail understand that there are 6 million ordinary union members in this country? Stop hating democracy

@CDTUC Trade unions are the largest democratic civil society orgs in UK. What is it about that that fills the Daily Mail with hate?

@StafanEalingNUT Why is the Daily Mail lying about NUT teachers on strike? Maybe because we stopped Gove & Gove’s wife works for the Daily Mail?

@Karen_Broady Try reporting news and understand the facts instead of attacking teachers and their unions

@KateMrsnash The thing about teachers is they tend to have a moral compass – they don’t like being lied about & they won’t stand for bullying

@sianbloor Hear that noise Daily Mail? It’s the TeacherRoar and it’s getting louder all the time! Stop your #HateMail or we will deafen you

@2dragoons Your deceitful article shows your contempt for workers democratically taking collective action

@CambsNUT Teachers are generally mild-mannered but, once riled, they WILL fight back. And they are made of steel!

@WHGSPolitics The only thing to do with bullies is to stand up to them

@NUTNorthern I wonder if staff at the Daily Mail would like to give up the benefits unions got for them – like weekends and holiday day?

@morecambemindy A fund for people on strike? Like a strike fund you mean? Non story. Spanners

@geordiepolyglot I’m not 100% sure, but I’m pretty certain it wasn’t the NUT who backed the brownshirts

@TopLondonChick As a member of a trade union I am well aware my subs are used for strike fund AND I AM HAPPY WITH THAT. Morons

But the final word should go to @Toryedumacation which poked fun at those taking part in the wittier storm: Keep up the good fight you moany, lefty tax stealers


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Campaigning journalist, editor of @Union_NewsUK, NUJ exec member; lover of cricket, football, cycling, theatre and dodgy punk bands

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