[Image by Jaymo – tweeted by The Pileus.]

Fair comment?

A commenter to the VP Facebook page has pointed out a few pertinent points about Tory claims of abuse directed at them – especially online abuse.

He wrote: “Diane Abbott receives FIFTY PERCENT of all the online abuse directed at MPs. Unless we accept the notions that 1) ‘thuggish left-wingers’ are pretending to be racist right-wingers AND 2) every single bit of OTHER online abuse comes from the left and is directed at the right, it seems fairly clear that the majority of online abuse of MPs from the right. Any other conclusion requires jumping through some fairly unlikely statistical hoops.”

He admits that this is not to deny the fact that there is some very nasty abuse coming from the Left. This Writer can vouch for that (although I still think much of the abuse that arose from the fake anti-Semitism allegations against me came from the Right, sometimes posing as the Left).

In these circumstances, it is important to establish whether what is claimed as abuse actually turns out to be genuine.

That’s why I think, from now on, every claim of online abuse – made by ANY member of Parliament – needs to be scrutinised. If they say they’ve been abused, they must state the nature of the abuse.

Otherwise, they might be crying “Wolf!” over an innocent inquiry like that in the image above.


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