When Mil The Younger reminded the Labour Party conference that he had stood up to the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre and his obedient hackery at the Daily Mail, he must have known what would follow: the tsunami of spite that has been unleashed since has been unrelenting, and today has reached its nadir in a barrel-scraping slice of nudge-nudgery from Richard Littlejohn.
What's wrong with kicking f***ing leftists, c***?!? Er, with the greatest of respect, Mr Jay
Miliband would have been aware of what Nick Davies said of the Mail in Flat Earth News: “I know of nothing anywhere in the rest of the world’s media which matches the unmitigated spite of an attack from the Daily Mail”. He also now knows that Dacre and his attack doggies are prepared to suggest that a married man visits what Littlejohn calls a “notorious gay dogging venue” on spec.
The mood was set by Daily Mail Comment, the authentic voice of the Vagina Monologue, straight after that speech: “this was surely 68 minutes of the most economically illiterate Left-wing claptrap uttered by a Labour leader since Michael Foot. It is as if Ed Miliband has learned nothing from the past 50 years, living in a realm of socialist theory untouched by the realities of modern Britain”.
Just in case you missed that, the column then told “Why Labour can't be trusted with the NHS”. That’s the NHS that the Mail rubbishes on a daily basis. Dacre and his lackeys follow up with “This is the party on whose watch hundreds died of horrifying neglect in Mid Staffordshire” just to show that they don’t understand Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios (HSMRs).
Following this kicking was “Miliband's mansion tax will barely raise a penny, say experts: Money raised will be wiped out by plunging stamp duty and buyers offering less than £2m for homes” (note also that “could” in the article text becomes “will” in the headline). But Littlejohn’s effort today shows the arrival of the professional boot boys, as he deploys the “gay hint” card.
“If you go down to the Heath today, you’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the Heath today, you’d better go in disguise. Otherwise, you may find yourself being accosted by a weird-looking man with a toothy grin attempting to engage you in intimate conversation. If he invites you back to his place to look at his bust of Karl Marx, run a mile” sneers Dicky Windbag. And, as the man said, there’s more.
“Whenever Ed Miliband wants to meet ‘ordinary’ people, he leaves his home in fashionable North London, crosses the road and strolls on to Hampstead Heath [It’d have to be a bloody long stroll]. This vast public open space has long been a popular destination for close encounters and dangerous liaisons ... The Heath is best known as a notorious gay dogging venue”. Funny how he knows all about that, isn’t it?
But the gay smear is not. Can the Mail sink lower? Don’t bet against it.