Harry Potter and the Gobshite of Arslikhan
Quentin! The very chap ... just bend down, will you? (Photo (c) Getty Images)
“Sunday mornings just became a little madder and more metropolitan. Not only do we have Andrew ‘Captain Hop-Along’ Marr growling away on BBC1, throwing his arm about like a tipsy conductor” began Letts’ piece. Marr, as is universally known throughout the media world, and indeed well beyond it, suffered a stroke three years ago, as a result of which he still experiences a lack of movement in his left arm.others in that media world to pass significantly adverse comment on Letts’ handiwork.
Tweeted “What a great signal to disabled people: Quentin Letts mocks my husband for being disabled following a stroke”. Greenslade’s post was timed at 0932 hours; Ms Ashley’s Tweet at 0921.
Almost four hours later - his Tweet was timed at 1314 hours - Letts showed a glimmer of regret for his actions: “I fear my sketch reference to the admirable Marr today was horrid. Apologies to all concerned and upset”. How sincere was that? Put it this way: quite apart from the crassness of publishing the piece in the first place, it is still live at MailOnline, despite a double-figure number of complaints having been made to IPSO.
Paul Dacre and his obedient hackery at the Mail would have been down like the proverbial ton of bricks on anyone else behaving as Letts has. But such is their hatred of the BBC, they allow themselves to cross the decency line. And that’s not good enough.