I note that Boris’s secret weapon Angela Rayner has apologised at last for calling Conservatives ‘’scum.’’
I am puzzled by her conversion to decency after so many weeks. What made her do it?
Was she ordered to say it by Starmer who thought she was damaging the party?
Was it that the police told her that threats against her on social media would continue to be made until she withdrew the slur?
I cannot believe for a moment that decided off her own bat that she would do the decent thing. She hasn’t got the brains to work out self-interest.
After all initially she defended her use of the word as ‘’being the street language of her northern working class roots.’’
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Let’s go back to what she actually said; ‘’We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, absolutely vile, nasty, vile Etonian, piece of scum.’’ No apology for racist. Nor homophobic. Nor misogyny.
When the Tory Sir David Amess was murdered some commentators worried that the killer may have been encouraged to kill the MP by the use of the S word.
As time goes on that seems unlikely but words have consequences. Especially if they come from the deputy leader of a political party.
One threat, which led to a 15-week jail sentenced suspended for 18 months, said; ‘’Watch your back, and your kids.’’
The man who sent it said he was angry about Ms Rayner’s use of the word scum.
I definitely do not approve of threats to our political leaders - or those that are made to me - but could she have brought it on herself? I will leave you to decide.
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