Having a laugh. But not doing an Irish Jig
There was more. ”He was taken into custody and has since been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in mid-June”. We have since been informed that the individual concerned was a Tory from the 2001 intake. Also, “The Conservatives confirmed on Tuesday that their chief whip had asked the MP to stay away from the parliamentary estate during the police inquiry”. This was clearly a serious matter for MPs. Well, most of them.
For Michael Fabricant, who represents the unfortunate voters of Lichfield, this appeared to be a less serious matter than for many outside Parliament. “I am expecting a strong turnout of Conservative MPs at Prime Minister's Questions today. Not only to demonstrate their strong support for #Boris (!!). BUT also to prove they are NOT the one told by the Chief Whip to stay at home. I'll be there!” An arguably inappropriate emoji was added.
This was not well received. “I think you’ve probably got the message by now, but just in case … This Kenneth Williams Carry on Parliament-esque response to a rape allegation should never have seen the light of day … You should read your funny Tweet out to the victim … The fact that he thinks this is funny tells us all we need to know about him”.
And there was more. “Is this meant to be humorous? It fails on every level … Bloody hell mate, think about it eh? … Rape jokes. I’d say it’s a new low, but it’s more the new norm … Not sure joking about serious sexual assault is a good idea, Michael”.
The Tweeter known as the Laura Kuenssberg Translator noted “Tory MP Michael Fabricant has already made a joke on Twitter about his colleague being arrested for rape and sexual assault over a period of 7 years. This tells you exactly what the Tories think of rape and sexual assault. They think it's a laughing matter”. Some Labour MPs were unimpressed.
Chris Bryant simply responded “Seriously Michael take this down now. It shows callous disregard for the alleged victims, and it implies rape and sexual assault are a laughing matter. Take it down”. Deputy leader Angela Rayner added “Grotesque”. Meanwhile, more detail on the allegations was emerging, making Fabricant look even worse.
Gaby Hinsliff of the Guardian observed “Bleak detail about the MP rape arrest is that allegations reportedly first made in Jan 2020. Nearly two and a half years just to get to this (still quite early) stage in the process, & that's not even unusual”, while Kate Ferguson of the Murdoch Sun added “New on Tory MP arrested over allegation of rape: Tories will decide whether or not to suspend them from the whip (the parliamentary party) after the police investigation is finished”. They won’t suspend him. Because that would name him.
Only after all that did Fabricant yield and remove the offending Tweet, muttering “those who want to read something into a comment will contrive to do so whatever. They are professional offence takers”. Maybe stop causing that offence, then? Just a thought.
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More "tory family values"....ReplyDelete
More "tory family values"....ReplyDelete
Seriously, why does Wiggy Fabricant make such comments on Twitter? Does he simply have a need to be heard and taken notice of, regardless of how big a twit he makes of himself?ReplyDelete
More importantly, why is the pillock even an MP? Apart from the ability to grandstand, earn a very generous wage, and become a minor celeb, what drew Wiggy into the world of politics?
All part of the game-plan:ReplyDelete
• Encourage a high turnout in the chamber so that members can 'clear themselves' by virtue of being visible
• Whittle down the number of suspects as a result
• Once statistical probability does its job and the name comes out via unofficial unregulated methods (ie social media), that particular MP can then claim the publicity has ruined any chance of a fair trial and try to evade legal proceedings
• Tories happy; "Twitter to blame"
It'd be clever if it wasn't so sickeningly predictable.
Not even hard, 10 minutes between a list of maiden speeches in the 2001 parliament filtered for male, cons, born 62-72 and still a mp cross-reference with the votes in the commons today (hansard) gives precisely one.Delete
I won't say who but I bet the mail are already camped outside his house.
Fabricant becoming increasing like a primary school kid.ReplyDelete
The one who finds out that yelling "goolies" gets a reaction from the classmates.
Ladbrookies have got 5/1 on M… f…c…e … may the farce be with you … klomfphReplyDelete
There are seven male tory mps in their 50s who entered parliament in the 2001 election.ReplyDelete
One can be eliminated immediately as he was at the dispatch box for PMQs. He may not count anyway as he hasn't continuously been an MP throughout that time but it's moot. All the others have been seving as MP thoughout. There are also a couple of 60 year olds if your definition of "fifties" is strictly mathematical.
So who is in the six? You'll have to look it up yourselves but one of them has a cedilla under the ç.
People should not use Fabricant's sentient hair as a Mark against him. That would be the kind of thing those nasty French would do.ReplyDelete
Someone should've replied "Someone hail a taxi for fabricant - And don't accept any offers to share."ReplyDelete
See how funny he finds that, the thundercunt.
Alex Tiffin named a name, which I shall not repeat here lest disgraced former International Development Secretary Piggi Patel's arrest-o-bots go after Tim, on Twitter within a couple of hours of the announcement of the arrest. And it wasn’t Penfold's stunt double either.ReplyDelete