As Roy Greenslade at the Guardian told, when the Sun cast around for someone to give them a quote on the non-story, they were “able to garner quotes from people who thought Corbyn’s nod inappropriate. They included the rent-a-quote Labour maverick, Simon Danczuk, and an ex-Tory defence minister, Sir Gerald Howarth, plus a self-styled, self-promoting ‘etiquette expert’”.
So anything that can be deemed disrespectful to do with acts of remembrance is clearly A Very Bad Thing, then. But Danczuk is also prone to acts of jaw-dropping hypocrisy, the latest of which kicked off after the Standard revealed “Labour MP Simon Danczuk pulled out of a parliamentary fact-finding trip to China at the last minute after discovering he would have to fly economy class”. Oh, the shame! Do go on.
“The Rochdale MP withdrew after a request to be upgraded was turned down. It led to the whole four-day visit being ‘killed’, according to a Tory MP. But Mr Danczuk dismissed this as ‘nonsense’ … He said a health condition, believed to be a back problem, meant that the travel arrangements - which included a flight of more than 11 hours - were ‘unsuitable’ for him”. And then came the first act of hypocrisy.
Danczuk claims to have a bad back, but has no problem going on 10 kilometre runs, boasting that he can complete this distance in less than an hour. And he was out for a run this morning too, that prompting his second act of hypocrisy as he Tweeted “Went for a run this morning, out above #Rochdale, as recommended by the #NHS!” There was only one problem with his Tweet - it was timed at 1100 hours.
That would be 1100 hours on the 11th day of the 11th month, which is the start of the two minutes’ silence to remember the Armistice that ended The Great War. In other words, Danczuk had indulged in inappropriate and disrespectful behaviour towards the memory of the dead, rather like he righteously claimed Jeremy Corbyn had done. And this time, he incurred the displeasure of Rupe’s downmarket troops at the Sun.
Then, instead of adhering to Healey’s Dictum, he decided to dig himself in a little deeper: “To be clear, I tweeted this well before the two-minute silence! No idea why it was delayed”. It wasn’t delayed Si, you missed that last weekend’s service at the Cenotaph wasn’t actually on the 11th of November and got caught out this morning. As a result, your pants are well and truly alight. You’re welcome.