Paranoia must be a terrible thing. And paranoia exhibited publicly, on view for all to see, must be infinitely worse, if only the person exhibiting it were not just aware of it, but was prepared to own up to the problem. Sadly, in the case of (thankfully) former Tory MP Louise Mensch, owning up to having any problem is out of the question. But she does give the distinct and uneasy impression of rank paranoia.
(c) Doc Hackenbush 2014
All of which brings us to a group - it’s a team effort - called Far Right Watch, which does exactly what it says on the tin, calling out the far right all the way from Combover Crybaby Donald Trump to Nigel “Thirsty” Farage to Geert Wilders to Marine le Pen and all the others who might have preferred to have lived under the past régimes of the Greek Colonels, Francisco Franco, and António de Oliveira Salazar.
So Far Right Watch may, on occasion, cover the same kinds of ground that Zelo Street does, but that is the extent of what we share. As far as I know, I’ve never met any of the Far Right Watch team, and nor have I been in touch with any of them via phone, email, Twitter DM, or by any other means. There is no connection between Zelo Street and Far Right Watch. But this thought has not been allowed to enter Ms Mensch’s head.
After Far Right Watch had made a disputed assertion about someone Ms Mensch had Retweeted, she made her first gaffe - well, first gaffe concerning this subject. Goodness knows how far advanced the Mensch gaffe totaliser has advanced by how - telling Richard Colledge “Rich, liars lie, it's what they do. Troll account sounds exactly like Obsessed Fenton to me”. Wrong. Again. On several counts. And there was more.
Under no pressure at all, Ms Mensch decided of her own volition to double down and not only make a spectacle of herself, but maximise the audience, and the subsequent ridicule, by going even more wrong: “must pretty much suck being Tim Fenton (to put it mildly) so I pay him no mind, block & ignore”. Well, as Far Right Watch isn’t me, then she isn’t paying anyone “no mind”. And, sadly, she wasn’t for listening to advice.
The Tweeter otherwise known as 872 Bastards (I’m not even thinking of asking), who clearly knows the reality of this situation, asked Ms Mensch “Do you think @Far_Right_Watch is Tim Fenton? Riiight”. But his words will fall on deaf ears: Ms Mensch is already off and running on her latest obsession, that of laying into Rosie O’Donnell, as witness the Tweet “FUCK YOU YOU DISGUST ALL MOTHERS”.
That’s in addition to all the other abuse she’s been hurling at Ms O’Donnell. But she thinks it’s others who have a problem with obsessiveness. And she can’t tell the difference between two very different Twitter presences. Louise Mensch appears to be suffering badly from the effects of being cooped up in that reassuringly expensive Manhattan apartment. Her refusal to listen to anyone or get help will not help her situation.
Now someone is out to get her. And remember, they allowed her to become an MP.