Last Saturday’s march in London for a so-called Peoples Vote, on whatever deal Theresa May manages to bring back from her negotiations with the EU, saw some on the Leave side becoming more than slightly frayed at the edges. Perhaps the sight of around 700,000 people out on the capital’s streets showing their disquiet at the current state of affairs had something to do with it. But nothing excused Stewart Jackson’s response.
Stewart Jackson. No longer an MP
The deeply unsavoury former MP for Peterborough, whose constituents wisely dispensed with his services last year, had responded in his usual inimitable style to Anthony Hobley, who had Tweeted out a photo of his stepson recovering from a collarbone operation in Great Ormond Street Hospital. The Guardian duly reported on the exchanges.
Hobley “had tweeted the picture of his 11-year-old stepson, who was in Great Ormond Street hospital recovering from an operation and had been upset to miss the People’s Vote march in London … [he] had dislocated his collarbone playing football and was given a slot for his operation on Friday, having planned to go with his family to the … march”. In waded Jackson. “On Monday night, Jackson replied: ‘What a pathetic cretin.’”
Condemnation rained down on Jerk Stew, but he was not for apologising. Instead, he doubled down. “I think it’s awful that people with extreme views on remain like this parent should invade a sick child’s privacy to make a political point”. What’s “extreme” about going on a march with 700,000 others? And behaving yourself into the bargain?
Fellow Tories (but not Nadine Dorries) joined the condemnation, with Sam Gyimah telling “Dehumanising and derogatory language, no matter how strongly you agree, is unacceptable in our political discourse”. Heidi Allen, who represents South Cambridgeshire, called Jackson “a pathetic, unkind and nasty man”.
But then, Jerk Stew has significant previous for this kind of thing. After the Parliamentary expenses watchdog sued him over £54,000 in notional capital gains on his constituency home, he slagged off papers that passed adverse comment on him. He responded to a journalist concerned over the dishonesty of much of what was told to the electorate by the Leave side in the referendum with “Suck it up whiner”.
Wikipedia tells us that “IP addresses from inside the Houses of Parliament have often edited the Wikipedia biographies of politicians including Jackson in an attempt to remove details on the parliamentary expenses scandal … and attempts have been made to remove details of Jackson's interaction with a lesbian constituent”. No comment.
Then, “After losing his seat in 2017, Jackson contacted a former constituent who had been critical of him on Facebook to call him a ‘thick chav’, and also wrote: ‘If you print any shit about me on Facebook in the future you will regret it’”. Yeah, right.
The saddest thing about Stewart Jackson’s most recent exhibition of inadequate behaviour, though, is that no-one who has seen this individual in action will be the least bit surprised. He is an utter and complete shit, and totally without any redeeming feature.
Yet the Tory Party allowed him to become an MP. I’ll just leave that one there.
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