The ‘House of Commons Hooligan’ has struck again – but this time he may have made a fatal mistake.
This is because Jonathan Gullis has has accused BBC sports presenter Gary Lineker of calling so-called Red Wall voters Nazis and bigots – alongside a slew of other unsupported accusations…
"Boris has a star quality that no other politician… could even get close to."
Tory MP Jonathan Gullis discusses the state of 'red wall' Conservative constituencies with Paul McNamara, as our exclusive poll finds that they would lose all 45 seats. pic.twitter.com/Urgj6bDgg5
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) March 14, 2023
… outside of Parliament.
This means he did not have Parliamentary privilege when he said those words, and this means that Mr Lineker could sue him for libel.
Mr Lineker has seen the offending clip and, from the tweet directly below, it seems he is distinctly unamused:
No he hasn’t and never would. This is outrageous and dangerously provocative. https://t.co/56kEVyWAGf
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) March 14, 2023
This Writer can only urge Gary Lineker to initiate court action at once. It won’t go all the way because the offence seems very clear-cut, and the experience of having to apologise and make reparation might even reform the Tory party’s loudest-mouthed thug.
For anyone who doesn’t think the above is bad enough behaviour, let’s have a few reminders:
In January 2022 we all saw him screaming his support for Boris Johnson after the Tory soon-to-be-ex-prime minister made a fat-shaming joke at the expense of then-SNP Parliamentary leader Ian Blackford, in response to an accusation about the alleged birthday party at Downing Street: “I do not know who has been eating more cake.”
Here’s a video clip:
Ian Blackford makes a point about millions of people being dipped into poverty & this is how the Tories respond when Johnson makes a fat joke. If this doesn’t sicken you, there is something deeply wrong with you. https://t.co/djUXwrlvKU
— Billy Misanthrope 🌘 (@BillyVacant) January 26, 2022
Disgusting, isn’t it?
And it isn’t Mr Gullis’s only such intervention. People have been looking him up.
Here are some of the ugly details:
Jonathan Gullis sounds like a far right thug, not a Tory MP
— Simon Gosden. Esq. #fbpe 3.5% 🇪🇺🐟🇬🇧🏴☠️🦠💙 (@g_gosden) January 20, 2022
"Gullis said that he would not address a "baying mob" in response to an alleged planned protest during his visit to a church foodbank"https://t.co/U72KoZWh2v
— Angry Bird Flies 💙 (@Rosiecat2) January 26, 2022
… And whoops again…https://t.co/Sb2xFXDpHt
— Andrew Cross – WR4 (@Ac4Wr4) January 27, 2022
Actual sitting member of ‘the mother of all parliaments’.
— Brendan May (@bmay) January 26, 2022
Is anyone surprised to learn that the bearded braying MP for Stoke-on-Trent Jonathan Gullis says Black Lives Matter is a Marxist plot to smash the nuclear family & defund the police and has called for teachers who criticise the Tory Party to be sacked. pic.twitter.com/vlFErBATJ6
— Gyll King (@GyllKing) January 27, 2022
After a mercifully-brief period as an education minister in Liz Truss’s less-than-two-month ministry, in December 2022, he made another of his famously misguided attacks – this time at bishops in the House of Lords.
His outburst came after all the Anglican bishops in the Upper House said the Tory government’s Rwanda deportation policy, which was endorsed as “lawful” by the High Court earlier this week, should “shame us as a nation”.
They signed a letter saying, “The shame is our own, because our Christian heritage should inspire us to treat asylum-seekers with compassion, fairness and justice, as we have for centuries.”
In fairness, even the Home Office seems to have accepted that many of those who arrive in the UK by illegal routes still have a claim for asylum; the majority of them are accepted as genuine refugees and are permitted to remain in the UK.
The problem lies in the fact that they have to take illegal routes – making them prey for the Tory government’s deportation policy – because there are no legal routes; the Tories have closed them all off in order to be able to pursue this inhumane mistreatment of people who are already victims.
Gullis’s response may be found here:
So: first he flung some whataboutery into the ether, claiming that the Church should be dealing with abuse claims against its own clergy. How does he know that it isn’t? And isn’t that more a problem for the Catholic clergy?
Then he said: “Too many people are using the pulpit to preach from.” Does he not know that preaching is exactly what the pulpit is for?
This man used to be a teacher but gave up when he was elected into Parliament. He said pupils at the school where he had been working were “probably happy to see me go” – perhaps because they were already better-educated than he was?
He also said the bishops were unelected. Correct – but everybody has an understanding of what constitutes fairness and justice, and nobody needs to be elected to put forward their opinion of what that is.
Furthermore, these are people who sit as experts on law and political matters in the Upper House of Parliament, and their words have weight whether Gullis likes it or not.
And in January this year, Gullis apparently shouted, “Well, they shouldn’t have come here illegally!” in response to a Prime Minister’s Question by labour MP Tulip Siddiq, drawing attention to the fact that, despite the UK being considered a safe haven for vulnerable children, there are 200 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children missing from UK hotels.
That’s Compassionate Conservatism for you: let children go missing – kidnapped? Made into slaves for criminal gangs, for purposes that one flinches from considering? – because they should have stayed at home, possibly to be exploited in similar ways by their own countryfolk?
<strong>One can only agree with Peter Kyle: The Conservatives have found a new low.</strong>
Here’s the video clip:
And here’s Mr Kyle’s tweet:
Tulip Sadiq asks the prime minister about the welfare of 200 unaccompanied migrant children who’ve gone missing.
Tory MP Jonathan Gullis heckles ‘well they shouldn’t have come here illegally’.
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, the Tory Party find a new low #PMQs
— Peter Kyle MP (@peterkyle) January 25, 2023
Are these not great reasons for someone who has the ability to punish Gullis, actually to do so?
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