Here’s Jamie Reed MP, shaming the Labour Party with his response to a comment from an autistic Twitter user:

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Marcus Harman describes himself in his Twitter profile as follows: “Autistic man. I don’t always understand Social rules. It’s hard. My brain works differently to yours. When I offend, gently explain why. I’ll try to right it.”

Does “Pass the Bacofoil” count as a gentle explanation?

No – it’s an allusion to the belief that wearing a hat made from tinfoil will protect one against government surveillance; a clear insult against an autistic man (although it would be no better if Mr Harman was not autistic, of course). If Mr Reed was a Jeremy Corbyn-supporting rank-and-file Labour Party member, he would be facing the loss of his voting privilege in the leadership election and possible suspension from the party.

But of course Mr Reed supports Owen Smith, so that’s all right then.

Oh, and Jamie? You might want to rethink your claim to be a member of the Rebel Alliance. In Star Wars, the story you’re referencing, the rebels believe in democracy.


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