Last Thursday, it was claimed that Don Naughton, who is 82 years old and served his country for more than 20 years as a member of the armed forces, was pelted with milkshake while volunteering as a teller for the Brexit Party during polling for the European Parliament elections. Photos were circulated; the pro-Brexit media was in uproar.
That's a milkshake stain? Ri-i-i-i-ght ...
The Leave EU Twitter feed was in no doubt as to Who Done It. “This man in Aldershot served his country in the Armed Forces for 22 years. Today he went out to exercise his democratic rights on an election day and this is what disgusting Remainer scumbags did to him. Don't let them win - get out today and #VoteBrexit!” How convenient.
Former Screws and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, who has a history of being a sucker for photos he hasn’t yet verified, was apoplectic. “This elderly gentleman served in the British armed forces for 22 years. Today he was manning a Brexit Party polling station when he was attacked & had milkshake thrown all over him. All because he wants the result of a democratic referendum to be honoured. Disgusting”.
What’s “Disgusting” is that a former national newspaper editor and current TV host is so ignorant that he thinks there are such things as “Brexit Party polling stations”. Yet more disgusting is that Morgan didn’t look twice before losing his rag. And there was more.
“Because Don served in the Parachute Regiment.. so some spotty young Remoaner twerp chucking a milkshake over him is probably not the most dangerous enemy he’s ever been confronted by”. Morgan does not know the age of the alleged assailant, nor his stance on Brexit, nor his dermatology. That’s not really the point. The point is pointless ranting.
... OK, so let's compare with known milkshake hits. Stephen Lennon ...
Hampshire Constabulary has investigated. Dire penalties have been urged against the assailant. It happened in broad daylight in a built-up area right outside a polling station. Yet no-one has managed a positive ID of the milkshake chucker.
Then someone decided to examine the photos of Don Naughton in his apparently milkshaked state. And they made an interesting discovery: whatever had been smeared over his clothes had pieces of fruit in it. That means it was not milkshake.
... Carl Benjamin ...
It got worse: look at the recent milkshake hits on Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, Carl Benjamin, who styles himself Sargon of Akkad, and Nigel “Thirsty” Farage. The milkshake spatters. It drips. It’s not thick enough to form a residue of the kind seen on the Brexit Party volunteer’s tie. So another excuse was needed.
... Nigel "Thirsty" Farage. See the difference?
And that is to suggest that it may have been yogurt. Well, colour me sceptical, because I am sceptical, but how exactly does one chuck a yogurt over someone? It’s too thick. You’d need to be close up, as in very close up. The more answers, the more righteous indignation that the Brexit Party and its supporters produce, the more questions occur.
That’s not to say an incident did not happen. But as the substance on Don Naughton’s clothes appears not to be milkshake, one has to wonder what else we are not being told. Farage’s party could not have had a better incentive to get the vote out.
So what happened? We’ll find out, but by then it will be too late. How very convenient.
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