The BBC’s Tory political editor, Laura Kuennsberg, tweeted in comment on the continuing controversy about Clive Lewis yesterday, as follows:
Tory women writing to Corbyn to demand he remove the whip from Clive Lewis, one says, 'he is a disgrace'
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) October 20, 2017
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:
Tory women don't like Corbyn. Thanks for the news, Laura. Now about that UC vote… https://t.co/Gkgb1qbL7D
— david hooke ❄ (@dch1973) October 21, 2017
On the atrocious misbehaviour of male Conservative MPs:
jacob rees-mogg – doesn’t think women should have control over their own bodies
philip davies – filibustered an anti-domestic violence bill
nicholas soames – made ‘woof woof’ noises at a female MP during a debate
maybe they should look at their own colleagues first? https://t.co/Gm2es8LQJi
— ryan ? (@ryxnf) October 20, 2017
On Conservative policy, which has disproportionately attacked women (particularly austerity policies):
Tory women who actively choose to be in a sexist party attacking somebody who wasn't sexist and isn't in a sexist party. https://t.co/s6bGsMF9gP
— Susan (@marthasydenham) October 20, 2017
And in particular on the behaviour of Boris Johnson:
Clearing dead Libyans for casino's. Was that okay? Or just "Boris being Boris". Hypocrites. Like all Tories. https://t.co/xhkTaGd6FJ
— Red Forever? (@mac123_m) October 20, 2017
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:
Am I the only person more annoyed by the woman saying "this is supposed to be a safe space" than Clive Lewis saying "on your knees, bitch"? https://t.co/6a5wQT0DHN
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) October 20, 2017
Julia that was me. I was hosting, and it was a joke you dingbat. https://t.co/BJ9ViklQra
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) October 20, 2017
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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