(c) Doc Hackenbush 2014
There will no doubt be those who claim they were the ones who got the Mensch column stopped - Iain Dale might be one of them, having suggested the move personally to Sun editor Tony Gallagher - but ultimately the paper cannot keep on offering its readers a weekly page of waffle that makes little sense and is all too often used to pursue personal objectives, on occasion used to bully the powerless.
When she Tweeted “Dear German interior minister, and BBC trying to play down his comments, women won’t stand for this … I want to be clear that this is an act of coordinated sexual violence and racial/religious hatred by a sect”, she had not only got the photo out of context, but had also got the religious affiliation of the perpetrator wrong, too. Wrong enough to be more than embarrassing.
But it then gets worse - a lot worse: the photo is from the previous year’s ball, and so even less likely to have anything to do with refugees. And the caption on the photo reads “2013: A Jewish communist (left) spits on a ball attendee” (the political party holding the ball, the FPÖ, is likely to attract hostility from Jews, given its right-wing populist stance). So it appears that Ms Mensch is accusing Jews of “racial/religious hatred”.
How she squares that with her single-handed campaign to call out other Twitter users as anti-Semites, on the basis of very little evidence at all, will be interesting to see. As she has already - inadvertently, perhaps - called Theodore Herzl, a founding father of modern Zionism, for anti-Semitism, she has previous for this kind of gaffe. One has to wonder if the Sun’s management have tired of being associated with such ineptitude.