Merseyside Police are investigating the Labour Society’s tweet implying the Queen should be executed
The Labour Society tweeted to celebrate ‘Regicide Day’
Yesterday, the University of Liverpool Labour Society tweeted to celebrate ‘Regicide Day’, which refers to the execution of monarch Charles I 369 years ago. This tweet insinuated that they wanted the Queen to be executed, shortly followed by ‘We did it once, we can do it again.’
The society have since deleted the tweet, but many people took screenshots of it.
Police are now investigating the Twitter account – @UoLLabStudents – as they have received a number of reports and complaints about the tweet regarding regicide.
Merseyside Police tweeted yesterday that the matter is currently being looked into further.
We have received numerous reports of comments made by a Twitter account regarding regicide. Thank you for your messages, the matter is currently being looked into further.
— Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) January 30, 2018
The tweet from Merseyside Police received mixed responses. Understandably, many people were shocked and appalled by the Labour Society’s tweet and wanted action to be taken against them.
Thank you on behalf of all of us who found the tweet offensive.
— Robert Anthony Pitts (@PittsRobert) January 30, 2018
However, other users felt that launching an investigation surrounding the tweet would be a waste of police time, especially due to police budget cuts, and the lack of the power the Society holds.
So , police budgets have been slashed , and there's barely enough officers and resources to main law and order and your choosing to spend time and effort on this sh***. Nice one ? pic.twitter.com/r7M62SYoOg
— liamoclock (@liamorourke72) January 30, 2018
do you think there is a real threat to the queens safety from a small student union?
i hope resources aren't being wasted on the overreaction of a few older people who should know better ?
— rory (@yrorp) January 30, 2018
Yesterday the society went on to tweet an apology for any offence caused, claiming the comment to be “tongue and cheek”.
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
The Tab have reached out to the University of Liverpool Labour Society for a comment, but they are yet to respond.