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The BBC’s Tory political editor, Laura Kuennsberg, tweeted in comment on the continuing controversy about Clive Lewis yesterday, as follows:

Mr Lewis is currently under attack from the Tory press for saying, at a ‘game show’ event taking place alongside the Labour Party conference a month ago, “Get on your knees, bitch” to another participant. See This Site’s article for a more balanced perspective.

Use of the phrase was humorous and not intended to cause offence. Nor did it, until the Conservatives had a horrific couple of weeks in Parliament and needed a ‘dead cat’ with which to distract the public away from their monstrous mismanagement of the country.

Ms Kuennsberg’s tweet was clearly part of that agenda – but it misfired badly as left-wingers used it to attack the Tories, rather than Mr Lewis, on Universal Credit:

On the atrocious misbehaviour of male Conservative MPs:

On Conservative policy, which has disproportionately attacked women (particularly austerity policies):

And in particular on the behaviour of Boris Johnson:

I may have missed a few tweets.

Incidentally, much was made of the fact that the video evidence of Mr Lewis’s words includes a female voice saying “This is supposed to be a safe space,” asserting that this indicated instant disapproval of his behaviour in the room at the time.

This has been disproved, as the following exchange between Julia Hartley-Brewer and Ash Sarkar shows:

It might be more interesting to explore why Ms H-B was “annoyed” by the “safe space” comment rather than Mr Lewis’s.


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