“Young Conservative activists joked about “gassing chavs” and “shooting peasants” in a string of disturbing WhatsApp messages.
The conversation, which has now been leaked, took place in a group chat described as a “professional discussion board” for activists communicating about how to help the Tories win the next election.
The revelation comes as a new Tory-supporting youth group, called Activate, was launched to try to engage young people in politics in a similar way to Momentum, the left-wing Labour campaign organisation. However, the group’s social media launch was widely ridiculed for its overuse of hashtags and memes.
Guido Fawkes, which published the leaked messages, said the WhatsApp group was used as a “precursor” to the Activate group.
During the conversation, one member refers to an event as a “fine opportunity to observe the spice homo chav”.
Another immediately replies: “And gas them all.”
The first activist then jokes that he or she is “gonna run some medical experiments on them” before the second adds: “We could use them as substitutes for animals when testing.”
As the conversation continues, the pair make a string of further offensive comments about poor people.
The first suggests “experiments” could be conducted “to see why they are so good at producing despite living rough”.
Realising the direction the chat has taken, he adds: “Okay we gotta be careful otherwise this is turning [in]to a Nazi chat.”
Undeterred, the second person continues: “Vermin often populate at high rates…But seriously, chavs are an actual problem”.
As other young Tory activists join in the troubling conversation, talk turns to “solutions” for dealing with “chavs”.
Suggestions include “chavocide”, “turn the Isle of Wight into a super prison”, “shooting peasants” and “compulsory birth control on chavs”.
The back-and-forth is only stopped when one member tells his allies: “We don’t take the mickey out of the poor.” Another threatens to kick people out of the group “if this continues”.
A third then adds: “This is supposed to be a professional discussion board about how we coordinate for the next election. It is not a place to gossip or make rather silly jokes.”
With impressive foresight, he or she then suggests the “dodgy chatter in here” could end up on the Guido Fawkes blog, damaging the group and its objectives. …”