Wow. Am I become the new Nostradamus (Nottstradamus?). Just hours after I published the last article about the way certain local politicos bully, Soubry pulls off an act of such stunning point-proving I thought it best not to go on the planned bike ride I’d set my hearty on, but make sure people see what is happening. It’s a meltdown on par with that other bastion of Conservative values, The Telegraph.
I tweeted that I still haven’t heard from Soubry’s office about whether the monitoring of my Facebook page was paid for with public money. I’m thinking of launching a FOI to see if this is a common practise: it’s certainly a bit sinister. A fellow tweeter sent me a reply not to hold my breath…and this happened:
Erm, did that really happen? Did Anna Soubry really just publicly call a constituent a liar? Incredible.
When challenged by the constituent (a girl guide leader, but that matters little, it’s a bullying, appalling slur to throw at someone in any walk of life) she went quiet and refused to answer. Then, as if by magic, Anna’s chief defender, Conservative Campaign Manager Michelle Patel appeared and took over, trying to deflect the heat onto me. I asked her, in a straight forward manner, if she condoned or condemned this insulting behaviour towards a constituent. She refused to answer, with a squirmy evasion that would have made Michael Howard proud:
When asked directly by the constituent, who probably was increasingly bemused by this bizarre behaviour, she pretended she wasn’t connected to Soubz….
She then decided she didn’t want to be part of this anymore, and flounced off, leaving the question unanswered….
This is the level of debate. Smear, then run. Do not try and engage, insult, patronise, evade.
Anna Soubry called for Milan Radulovic to resign when he called a constituent to ‘fucking grow up’ on Facebook, when she called him a ‘bastard’. Surely by her own standards she should either make a public apology to the constituent or stand down from her post. This is no way to treat the people that pay your wage, the people you pledge to represent. They are their servants. Don’t let them treat us like their playthings.