Remember a few weeks ago when readers (mostly of the Daily Mail, if I recall correctly) animatedly condemned me for this?

They had to back down after Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith was involved in this.

Now… this:

160823 Owen Smith lunatic

[Hint: The “lunatic” in question would be Jeremy Corbyn, the current leader of the Labour Party, who Mr Smith would replace if he wins the current leadership election.]

As somebody who has lived and worked alongside people with mental health issues all my life, and who has spent the last few years writing about the obstacles placed before many of them by a system that politicians like Mr Smith endorse, I’m not sure I have words strong enough to describe my opinion of this, or this man.

Fortunately, I don’t need them.

Here’s Matt Turner: “Doesn’t matter what side you’re on, mental health slurs shouldn’t be acceptable.” He’s the moderate among the Tweets I’ve picked up so far.

‘Steven’ knew abusive language when he saw it, and decided to see how Mr Smith would like some of his own treatment: “As a person with mental health issues myself, I find Owen Smith to be a low-life lickspittle of a politician. Vile.”

Marko Burrows took it personally: “I’m afraid he is insulting me, and I want a personal apology Mr. SMITH.”

Isobel Waby had it about right when she pointed out: “Think Owen Smith ought to look in the mirror and ask who was the so called *lunatic* it certainly is NOT Corbyn. Don’t insult mental health.”

Thanks to Scott Nelson for the headline, by the way.

At a time when, as ‘EB’ puts it, “As a society, we’re happier to give Disabled ppl the resources to die than the resources to live”, this comment – from a serial user of abusive, demeaning language – must mark the end of the journey for Owen Smith.


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