Robert Syms and the six words with which he undermined all of fellow Tory Simon Hart’s hard work.

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It should have been so easy for Tory MP Simon Hart.

All he wanted to do was sell a claim that “left-wing” activists were responsible for most of the abuse alleged to have taken place against MPs during the general election.

What a shame he reckoned without fellow Tory MP, Robert Syms.

While Mr Hart was putting together his story – hotly contested by Labour and Momentum – and sending it to the HuffPost, Mr Syms – the MP for Poole in Dorset – was calling a member of the public a “dick” on Twitter.

The worst part of it is, his point was perfectly valid. There was no reason for any added abuse. But he did it anyway.

Now, you might say that the two MPs were on completely different subjects – but were they?

Mr Hart was claiming that “Corbynism and Momentum” were responsible for the rise of abuse against right-wing MPs since the 2015 election – but I would like to suggest a different reason.

Isn’t it more accurate that the rise of the social media – like Twitter – has made it easier for us all to see the contempt in which some of our MPs hold us?

Mr Syms is just a minor example of this.

What about Anne Marie Morris, who thought she could get away with making a racist remark? Afterwards, I understand she tried to claim it was unintentional. How is anybody supposed to believe that? If you let something like that slip automatically, then it must be part of your regular phraseology.

What about Guto Bebb, who told a constituent he was“talking out of his arse”?

What about – and this must be the classic example – Sheryll Murray, who accused the Left of abusing her (including defacing her campaign posters) – without evidence – after she insulted members of the public at a hustings event?

These examples all came to light within the last week, so it is clear that there Conservative MPs have a serious problem with abuse – but not on the receiving end. They’re the ones dishing it out.

Oh, and what about these older instances (barring the Anne Marie Morris incident that we’ve already discussed)?

Mr Hart’s claim that he didn’t receive any information on abuse received by left-wing MPs also seems questionable: As recently as Sunday, Angela Rayner tweeted that “anonymous” right-wingers had accosted her after her appearance on The Andrew Marr Show to say her northern accent made her sound “thick” (meaning stupid, of course). And she wasn’t the only Leftie suffering abuse that day!

Despite these facts, This Writer agrees that it is not right to heap abuse on MPs – even those who see fit to pile abuse on others.

There simply isn’t any need to descend to insults. Simply let the facts do the work.

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