The takers of the Murdoch shilling at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun have decided, in the aftermath of the EU referendum, to take the result as a green light to attack anyone on the Remain side. Some of these attacks have become highly personal, and none moreso that that in today’s edition on the paper by increasingly out-of-touch has-been Tony Parsons, who has called 48% of the electorate “bad losers”.
“Too many bad losers are objecting to democracy itself ... that is an incredibly dangerous game to play” he tells readers, managing not to mention the mountain of falsehood and misinformation that was put before voters, not least by the paper he writes for, before changing tack to say “But now it is done and this is the time for healing rifts, building bridges and moving forward to a bright, prosperous future for our country”.
So we’re going to see something a little less miserable, then? Sadly not. “But the sour grape mountain is blocking our path … There are too many bad losers who refuse to accept the result … They are objecting to democracy itself. It is an incredibly dangerous game to play … Much of it can be laughed off, like Damon Albarn wearing a black armband at Glastonbury and telling the kids: ‘Democracy has let us down’”.
Well, exactly, free speech? Where will it all end? But then Parsons overreaches himself and scores a horrendous own goal. His target? Historian Dan Snow. “But some of the whining is nothing to smile about. Dan Snow, the historian, posted a shocking message on Twitter before rushing off to cover the 100th anniversary of the Somme. ‘Britain didn’t achieve greatness by accepting defeat,’ said this pampered ponce of privilege. ‘In that spirit, I refuse to accept this one. #NeverBrexit’”.
Parsons wasn’t going to let that pass. “Snow seems to miss the obscene irony of complaining about democracy in the same week we remember the sacrifices that were made at the Somme … I have met a lot of old soldiers in my life. I doubt if one of them would wipe their shoes on Dan Snow”. Oh dear, Tony, oh dear.
Two things here. One, Dan Snow knows a bit about old soldiers - his great grandfather was a General in the Great War, whose service included the Battle of the Somme. And two, today’s old soldiers have such a high regard for Snow that armed forces charity SSAFA has made him one of its “Celebrity Ambassadors”. You can see the announcement on the SSAFA website right HERE. And there is more.
Snow’s activism is well known. Yes, he gets off his backside and campaigns for things that he feels strongly about, while the likes of Tony Parsons sit and whine about Snow having had a more privileged start to life than he did - something that Snow can’t really help. But once again Parsons undermines his credibility by not bothering to research his facts, something he could have got away with in pre-internet days - but not now.
Tony Parsons is entitled to his views. But so too are the millions who voted to Remain.