Are there no limits to the gift that keeps on giving? Hardly had I decided that former Tory MP Louise Mensch, now representing the distant constituency of Manhattan Upmarket, could not possibly do anything more stupid than trolling, she excels herself and displays a yet more priceless example of synchronised opening of mouth and insertion of both feet – in another attempt at self-publicity.
(c) Doc Hackenbush 2014
The trial of the two men found guilty of soldier Lee Rigby last year had come to an end with their sentencing yesterday. There was no need for Ms Mensch to be even tangentially involved, but in she went anyway, to tell the world that she knew more about Muslims than everyone else put together. In particular, she had a list of Muslim exemplars to put before her adoring public.
“When I think of British Muslims I think of Mo Farah, Sayeeda Warsi, Raheem Kassam, Sunny Hundal, Yasmin Qureshi etc., not these fools” she said of the two attackers. And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. Raheem “call me Ray” Kassam – whom she knows – may be from a Muslim family, but he is not in any way observant. And we don’t talk about “getting Hundalled” without good reason.
That’s because Sunny is not a Muslim, which makes that another research fail for Ms Mensch. So how about apologising and leaving it at that? You jest; there’s a hole waiting to be dug. “Well, I was trying to specify what ‘British Muslim’ brings to my mind” she blustered. It clearly doesn’t summon such tiresome chores as indulging in a few minutes’ Googling, that’s for certain.
By this time, Sunny Hundal had arrived to put Ms Mensch out of her misery: “Erm, I’m not Muslim, Louise. Parents are Sikh”. Channel 4’s Darshna Soni observed “Funny. All look the same innit” as the chorus of helpless laughter echoed around Twitter. She’d been caught doing what looked for all the world to be profiling, yet was too stupid to understand how, well, stupid it made her look.
Mark Lewis invoked Healey’s Dictum – “when in a hole, stop digging” – but his words went unheeded as Ms Mensch still refused to say sorry and climb down from her self-appointed perch. And then came the really bad news: she’d missed out Sajjad Karim. Why is this a howler? He’s not just the first British Muslim to be elected to the European Parliament – he’s from the same party as Ms Mensch!
As heads hit desks around the UK and elsewhere, and Louise Mensch tried – unsuccessfully – to get everyone to “look over there” by having a snark at Janet Street Expletive Deleteding Porter, Rufus Hound summed up the farce, asking Sunny Hundal “Is that a Qur’an in your pocket or is Louise Mensch just pleased to see you?” And this is someone who thinks Roger Ailes should give her a job.
Meanwhile, Louise Mensch is still in that hole. And she’s still digging.