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This storm about Michael Fabricant punching women is nonsense

20 June 2014

2:31 PM

20 June 2014

2:31 PM

Oh come on internet. Pull yourself together. Michael Fabricant has tweeted about punching a woman and people are going mad. It’s a silly thing to tweet, but does anyone doubt that? It’s simply hyperbole, flounce, floridity. That’s sometimes what it takes to get noticed on Twitter. Plenty of people are guilty of this trope. Let’s not pay them too much attention.

But let’s not also drag this out into a discussion about violence against women. Victims of abuse must find this sort of storm very frustrating – I imagine most men who actually punch women probably don’t tweet about it.

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  • Mick

    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown admits openly to hating white people yet she is allowed to stay and work in this country …What she has said in the past would have had a white person arrested and charged with a hate crime ..Why isn’t she being dealt with via the police

    The woman is a vile racist who has no place in the UK

  • Realismista

    Look, he’s an MP, for goodness sake, not some blogger at the Spectator or Breitbart, so his position demands – for a number of fairly obvious reasons – that he expresses himself more like an elected official than a blogger at the Spectator or Breibart. Hence, he has now realised how misjudged his tweet was, admitted it, and – unlike some blogger at the Spectator or Breitbart – apologised. Do you understand now, Lara?

  • Al

    Fabricant did not say this because she is an outspoken member of an ethnic minority and a woman. He said it because she is a nasty dishonest idiot.

  • Gwangi

    We have a police force which will arrest any man on the say-so of a woman JUST because he has held her to speak to her, or because he has emailed/tweeted her left a Twitter/Facebook message. All motivated by the plods wanting to boost their arrest stats.
    BUT if women slap men, hit men, fling abuse at men verbally or online THEY ARE NEVER ARRESTED.
    Why?
    Of course, men do not tend to moan and whinge in a self-pitying victimhood-craving way like so many women; and if men complain, they are mocked and demeaned and called wimps by women and men alike. But even if they do complain, the police and legal authorities always let women off and treat them more leniently than men – and we see this in family court judgements all the time too, which show a level of chivalry which assumes the woman must be allowed to win.
    That is not gender equality, folks. Not that the misandry sisters of the feminist industry care – but then, gender equality has never ever been their aim, has it?

    • lilly valley

      I don’t think you need to spoil this episode (Fabricant right, YAB clearly in the wrong) by twisting it into a vehicle for going on about your problems with women.

      • Gwangi

        I think it is you, honey, who have the problems. I merely state how far the pendulum has swung to absurd and silly levels, where men (often exes) who email someone twice get arrested for ‘harassment’ using a law that was meant to deal with men who were REALLY harassing women (eg following them around all day).

        You are clearly ignorant and have issues with men. No doubt you are a femi-hypocrite too and hate being exposed – which is why, like all the sisters, you scream ‘misogyny’ at anyone who rubbles your little victimhood fantasy.

        Rod Liddle is right – women should MAN UP and grow up – grow a backbone – and stop attention-seeking and playing the victim in that nasty, spiteful, manipulative , devious way so many women love – to use as a weapon to get back at men they want to hurt. I feel sorry for the children (who are more likely to be abused and killed by their mothers than by anyone else).

  • FrenchNewsonlin

    A pathetic non-story if ever there was one, pumped up into overdrive by a dreadful TV hack in cahoots with the odious, always-offended Alibhai-Brown. One more example of a lack of common sense.

  • jargee

    The family of Alibhai-Brown and the contemporaries of her family treated the Ugandans as nothing other than coolies—that was one of the reasons that Idi Amin kicked them out. They refused to return to the Indian sub-continent and chose to arrive here with their racism still healthy !

    • FrenchNewsonlin

      Funny isn’t how in her later TV tussle (with James Delingpole) on the same subject she insisted twice that she was “not a ‘coolie’ ” even though no one had called her that. She appears to have a massive caste complex. Might someone now find a genuine ‘coolie’ who could “take offence” against C4? We could keep this absurd non-story running for weeks at this rate.

  • StephanieJCW

    The thing is I don’t think anybody is actually offended by this. It was a joke, the kind of thing people say frequently when confronted by a YAB* – “I’d clobber him if he was here”

    But they wish to use it because they don’t like the person who said it, and it allows YAB to play the victim card. He shouldn’t have apologised.

    *YAB = An incredibly stupid person.

  • Moputabee

    Agreed.

    Don’t forget the 40% of victims of ‘actual’ domestic abuse are men, but we don’t talk about that of course.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/sep/05/men-victims-domestic-violence

    More than 40% of domestic violence victims are male

    • Moputabee

      60% (of women) said it was acceptable for women to hit their husbands while 35% admitted assaulting their partner.

      Many Glasgow women admitted domestic violence

      More than half of women questioned at a Glasgow university said they approved of wives hitting their husbands. The Glasgow Caledonian students were among 6,500 women surveyed from 36 universities for an international study into attitudes on domestic violence.

      Of the 200 women, 60% said it was acceptable for women to hit their husbands while 35% admitted assaulting their partner.

      A total of 8% admitted injuring them – the highest rate in the study.

      The injured men suffered bruises, cuts or broken bones.

      Among European students, only English women were more likely to have carried out assaults, with 41% admitting that they had punched or kicked their partners.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/5092100.stm

  • Roger Hudson

    Can’t people see Twitter is a problem ?, at least this comment is being thought through before i post it, with Twitter the phone-finger circuit can leave out the brain-edit step. It’s like ‘gobbing off’ as people used to say.
    As for Y A-B, she is an example of why i don’t watch TV, too pseud by far.

  • Wessex Man

    What a fantastic advert this man is for the tottering Tory Party, I hope they don’t sack him, we UKip need more and more Tories like him!

  • Gwangi

    Research shows that almost half of domestic abuse is women hitting men – and that’s not even including the psychological abuse, mocking, belittling etc that so many men have to suffer (and who then crack and slap their tormentor).

    Of course, such crimes are rarely reported and women never get arrested, not even if a woman slaps a man in full view of a plod. Our police are dangerously pc these days…They are institutionally secksist against men. Old notions of chivalry and always blaming the man and protecting the woman must be jettisoned in the name of equality – but don’t expect feminist hypocrites for campaign for such gender equality, as that has never been what the sisters have wanted.

    Our media is portraying all women as victims and all women as perpetrators. Utter fiction and wishful thinking by manhating feminuts.

    Oh and most children and babies who are injured and killed and injured and killed by women, not men…

    • My_old_mans_a_dustman

      Harriet Harman on seeing Yvette cooper on Question time with Peter Oborne, Said she couldn’t understand why Yvette hadn’t slapped Oborne.

      There was no outcry….. Double standards….

      • 43G

        Harman has form here, she called Danny Alexander a “ginger faced ferret “, verbal abuse, can you imagine if a male had verbally abused this hipocrite.

        • telemachus

          Is that not a fair description of Alexander?

          • Moputabee

            Racist!

      • telemachus

        Correct
        She should have reached for his groin and twisted
        There would then be applause not outcry

        • My_old_mans_a_dustman

          Your endorsement of violence is disgusting.

        • Moputabee

          Hypocrite!

      • Gwangi

        Yes, and Harman personifies feminist hypocrisy here. If a man had said the same thing or called a female MP a ginger rodent, he’d lose his job.
        Yet La Harriet survives – because she’s a woman and there are not many female MPs, so the bigoted hateful misandrist hypocrite dregs like Harman get to stay – and actually get promoted!
        Harman is the best argument there is against all-woman shortlists; she got selected because of one.

    • Call me TC

      Can you point me in the direction of this research?

      • Moputabee

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/sep/05/men-victims-domestic-violence

        More than 40% of domestic violence victims are male

        • Call me TC

          Yes, but definitions are everything. I’d like to see what percentage of cases are women-on-men. Domestic violence doesn’t just involve husbands and wives.

          • Moputabee

            Oh I get it – You want to blame gay’s for the 40% + of male victims…

            Well if you are going to blame gay men – What about blaming lesbians? After all lesbians have the same rates or higher regarding domestic violence…

            Or are you now saying lesbian women are more violent than hetero-sexual women?

            Now go away fool!

            • Moputabee

              60% (of women) said it was acceptable for women to hit their husbands while 35% admitted assaulting their partner.

              Many of the Glasgow women admitted assaulting a partner

              More than half of women questioned at a Glasgow university said they approved of wives hitting their husbands. The Glasgow Caledonian students were among 6,500 women surveyed from 36 universities for an international study into attitudes on domestic violence.

              Of the 200 women, 60% said it was acceptable for women to hit their husbands while 35% admitted assaulting their partner.

              A total of 8% admitted injuring them – the highest rate in the study.

              The injured men suffered bruises, cuts or broken bones.

              Among European students, only English women were more likely to have carried out assaults, with 41% admitting that they had punched or kicked their partners.

              http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/5092100.stm

            • Call me TC

              I’m saying that domestic violence doesn’t just involve husband and wife. Assaults by men on men (whether gay-on-gay or by fathers on sons, or brother on brother, or son on father) within a domestic would qualify for these figures.

              • Moputabee

                Troll!

                • Call me TC

                  I win!

          • Gwangi
            • Call me TC

              Read it and yawned. Contradicts nothing I’ve said, but confirms that men are overwhelmingly convicted for domestic violence. Quelle suprise.

      • Moputabee

        http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm04/table4_5.htm

        US Child Fatalities 2004 total 981

        Mother was the killer or involved in 63.3% of all child deaths

        Father was the killer or involved in 38.3% of all child deaths

        Mother Only 31.3%

        Father Only 14.4%

        http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm04/chapterthree.htm#perp

        Perpetrators of Maltreatment

        Approximately two-fifths (38.8%) of child victims were maltreated by their mothers acting alone;

        another 18.3 percent were maltreated by their fathers acting alone.

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/three-children-a-week-ndash-the-death-toll-from-abuse-1061272.html

        ‘Three children a week – the death toll from abuse

        Ofsted chief reveals shocking scale of problem in evidence to MPs

        The true scale of child abuse in the UK was revealed yesterday when Christine Gilbert, the chief executive of the children’s services watchdog, told MPs that three children a week died as a result of abuse – more than triple the previous estimate.

        Figures showed that 210 cases of children dying from abuse or neglect had been reported by local authorities in the 16 months between April 2007 (when Ofsted took over responsibility for inspecting all children’s services) and August 2008.

        She told a hearing of the Commons Select Committee on Children, Schools and Families that Ofsted had investigated 282 cases of child deaths brought to its attention during that period – and found most were a result of abuse. The remainder, 72, had died of other causes such as road accidents…………………………………………………………………………..Earlier figures had suggested that about one child a week died as a result of child abuse, but the NSPCC admitted its figures could be an underestimate as they relied solely on official recordings of cases of homicide.’

        • Call me TC

          Thanks for that. First impressions are that these abuse figures refer only to deaths from assault or neglect, so they ignore sexual abuse. Secondly, I suspect that many of these deaths occur in lone-parent families, or ones in which the actual father is absent. It’s known that step-fathers or the mother’s boyfriends are disproportionately involved in cases of child deaths.

          • Moputabee

            Domestic violence figures, okay!

            Sexual, financial, emotional, psychological well get your own figures and then we can talk.

            So you are saying that lone parent mothers are more violent than married or cohabiting women?

            As for blaming it all on the step-fathers and boyfriends instead – Wrong!

            Mothers only – 31.3%
            Fathers only – 14.4%
            Mother & other – 9.3%
            Father & other – 1.2%

            ————-
            US Child Fatalities 2004 total 981

            Mother was the killer or involved in 63.3% of all child deaths

            Father was the killer or involved in 38.3% of all child deaths

            Mother Only 31.3%

            Father Only 14.4%

            Mother and Father 20.5%

            Mother, Father, and Other 2.2%

            Mother and Other 9.3%

            Father and Other 1.2%

            Administration for Children and Families (ACF), federal agency

            http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm04/table4_5.htm

            • Call me TC

              I’m saying that natural mothers are more likely to be present than the natural fathers in the type of dysfunctional homes where child neglect occurs. They’re also more likely to suffer from postpartum depression. But even by your own figures, men are involved in about 70% of child deaths in that study. I think once you figure in sexual abuse numbers, a truer picture will be revealed.

      • Gwangi

        I know you (and others) don’t like to think of women (poor innocent women, perpetually the victims of nasty evil men and society) doing such things. But the facts are the facts.

        I for one am sick and tired of the constant anti-male tone of the media and various campaigns. Men are constantly portrayed as a threat and a danger to children – but really, the threat and danger comes mostly from women, and usually their mothers. I am not even including emotional abuse here (mothers who constantly criticise children’;s fathers are guilty of child abuse in my view). Just violence. Women top the poll, all the time. Will our media’s coverage reflect that? Nope. Why? Because people prefer to think of women as always innocent and gentle, and men as the opposite – a nice scapegoat really, fully supported by feminist hypocrites and those in denial.

        Because, based on the evidence, men pose very little threat to children, with abductions and male child murderers very rare indeed (though you wouldn’t think so when watching the TV news). The following statement, sadly, is a truism:

        If you want to protect children, keep them away from their mothers.

        • lilly valley

          I am afraid the language you use gives you away and makes your claims irrelevant. Misogynist (and I support Fabricant).

          • Gwangi

            Oh do shut up, dear. You are clearly a man-hater. And one who has not, in all your posts here, made one sensible point (you just diss others who do make intelligent points). Nul points.
            Statistically, what I say is correct. If you can’t cope with the facts, then that is your problem, not mine.

    • Fergus Pickering

      Is that baby thing realy true? Can you give me chapter and verse?

      • Gwangi

        Your scepticism is understandable because we only ever see women as victims and men as perpetrators on TV and in campaigns. Also, women have collective political groups which constantly campaign for their needs; men, being more individual and solitary do not have those networks or want to have them. Also, if men ever complain about anything they are mocked as weak and wet by women and men. This is a huge hidden problem:

        http://www.theguardian.com/society/2010/sep/05/men-victims-domestic-violence

        The number of children abducted and abused by weird male ‘strangers’ is tiny and the frequency or number of such abductions has not changed in 50 years. The perception has changed though, thanks to paranoid parenting and media scaremongering. So much so that all men are now always under suspicion of wanting to hurt children, so much so that even fathers are nervous of being alone with their children.
        Well, the feminists have achieved their misandrist dream and I hope they are happy. It is the children who suffer of course, and the UK has the unhappiest kids in Europe, in large part due to the institutional misandry which has infected all our media and institutions.

        • Fergus Pickering

          Heavens I had no idea. And are our children really so miserable? The ones I see look cheerful enough. But then I live in the South of England.

          • Gwangi

            Oh I think British children come bottom of the EU happiness league. They’re the fattest in Europe, the most promiscuous, suffer the worst mental health and drug problems.
            The south of England is the worst – with children sharing rooms because no-on can afford a decent house unless (like socialist politicians) they bought one years ago and have made huge profits.
            I really am looking forward to the new London riots, whenever they come – and they will, in a city most residents cannot afford to live in.

            • Fergus Pickering

              Oh come. Do you KNOW any children? The children round here look no fatter than the children I grew up with. And I shared a room with my brother. I think you are just recycling something you have been told. French children are dreadful, but then they always were. Horrid little beasts.

              • Kitty MLB

                Oh, the poor little mite.

              • Gwangi

                Fergus – you are an old man. I am not talking about brothers sharing a room in the 1950s. I am talking about now. Do you KNOW any children? Have you ever taught in schools or colleges? Or are you just speaking from a position of ignorance based on some imagined memory of the good old days?

                • Fergus Pickering

                  Yes I know children. I said I did.

  • global city

    Lefties have no compulsion about exploiting ethnic minorities, the disabled, women, Muslims and homosexuals in order to further their goals. Painting these groups as thin skinned and intolerant does much more harm than the BNP’s campaigns, but that fact will not stop the Left from using them shamelessly.

  • http://atoryblog.blogspot.com Man in a Shed

    Can we lose the UKIP backdrop, we’re a serious party and don’t want to be associated with Tory fruit cakes thanks …

  • Lucy Sky Diamonds

    Being a woman myself I would rather scratch her eyeballs out and bite her tongue off.

    • Wessex Man

      agh that’s a disgusting thought, just as her indoors has called me for my Dinner as well!

  • Liz

    In order for an extremist group to act, they have to have the tacit support of a wider group. That goes for any kind of criminal or violent endeavor. The men who punch women may not tweet about it (though they do work as high profile bloggers on the Spectator), but they don’t need to – they provide the ground for the ones who do punch women to do it. That’s science.

    • GraveDave

      And women who want to punch men don’t need any groundwork. They just do it. No fear of a social media backlash for them. In fact the likelihood is they will be feted and celebrated for it by the feminist lobby.

      • My_old_mans_a_dustman

        Harriet Harman on seeing Yvette cooper on Question time with Peter Oborne, Said she couldn’t understand why Yvette hadn’t slapped Oborne.

        There was no outcry….. Double standards.

    • Call me TC

      Are you Rod’s ex-partner?

  • FrankS2

    Didn’t the Syrup King say he would punch Yabba “in the throat”? Not the done thing, old boy, but why the throat? Odd choice of target!

    • GraveDave

      When I was a kid the grown ups would say, playfully, you’ll get a punch up the throat in a minute – you keep on. I never stopped wondering how it was you could get one up the throat.

  • My_old_mans_a_dustman

    This woman is a saint and not at all tedious, arrogant, pious and annoying. I really cannot think why anybody would ever want to do her physical harm. However fleetingly, it’s a sin against all that is politically correct and unmentionable.

    • GraveDave

      Yes, Lonnie Donnegan. He said it -didn’t he.

  • Greenslime

    She doesn’t like criticism. She gets nasty and she is quick to accuse anyone who disagrees with her of being some sort of ‘ist. Odious woman. Normally odious views. Her and Odone are out of the same pod.

    • MikeF

      Cristina has gone a bit loopy lately but she doesn’t abuse people at a personal level. No real parity between her and Yasmin.

  • Jen The Blue

    Yet another odious lefty who pretends they cannot tell the difference between a metaphor and literal statement, simply so they can bang on about their favourite victimhood “ism”.

    They all need a poke in the eye with a sharp stick! (Though for clarity I will add “not literally”.)

  • GraveDave

    Quite right. Hitting birds is nothing to tweet home about.

    • Kitty MLB

      Is it possible to hit a bird? they normally fly away before you get anywhere
      near them.

  • victor67

    Good ploy by the Spectator to defend a misogynistic w–k-r and his buddies Liddle, Delingpole and Young et al by getting a women to defend him. Sorry Lara you will never be one of the “boys”

    • GraveDave

      Well, she is a Tory.

    • Moputabee

      Grow up!

  • Pepperless

    just saw James Delingpole on Channel 4 news re: YAB Vs Fabricant he was ACE. YAB is a professional race offence taker and we are all tired of her nonsensical rant. But she seems perfectly ok with, anti white working class racism. Let kick RACISM of any shade out full stop.

    • Fergus Pickering

      No. Let’s mnot. Let’s her it for Racism!

    • Kitty MLB

      But how would the Left cope without that word Racist…its one of their favourite.

  • Ronnie Strachan

    there are far too many professional offence takers nowadays – and what does it mean really? People are being forced to apologise by an online army on twitter and facebook for almost nothing. It is plain as the nose on our face that Fabricant never remotely was intending to punch her on the throat or elsewhere. A play on words which have the hand wringing metropolitan left in streams of righteous anger

    • Max07

      So many people seem to be permanently offended about everything these days. What thin skins they are have, poor loves. You wonder how they manage to get through the day without shattering into a thousand pieces. It’s not a level playing field, of course. If Rod Liddle had turned to YAB on air and said: ‘I have no words to express how much I loathe you’, he would probably have been clapped in irons by now. But, since it was the other way around, he’s supposed to take it on the chin like a big grown up bloke should. You have to fit a certain profile to be a professional offence-taker.

  • Will Rees

    If “politican says something on twitter that others object to ” is news now, heaven help us when silly season arrives

  • Tony_E

    The problem with YAB is that anyone should take her seriously enough to waste the time debating with her. Her particular brand of ‘offended minority politics’ (she can pick which minority she likes from week to week) is fast becoming outmoded and seen for what it truly is, nothing more than self propagandising tripe, (and self aggrandisement she does at a professional level)

    They say that to debate with a fool eventually brings you down to their level. Rod Liddle at least managed last night to totally make fools of both YAB and Newman while not sinking to their shouty rant level of debate (not that this was likely to be too difficult). Her outrage today at Fabricant’s tweet is typical of her and her type.

    Where Fabricant has not helped anyone is that he has given her allies in the BBC something to bang on about, thereby obscuring the car crash TV debate that sparked the whole incident.

    • High Sheriff

      Liddle has the wit to make fools of everyone

  • Donafugata

    YAB deserves all she gets, she is deliberately provocative. Rod Liddle has gone up in my estimation following his battle with the harpie on Channel 4 News. He also managed to have a dig at the insufferable Cathy Newman.

    Thanks, Rod.

    • victor67

      Yes these women of colour should know their place.

      • GraveDave

        Cathy Newman is white. And as it goes I would sooner have punched her in the throat.

      • Wessex Man

        oh do grow up for heavens sake!

      • MikeF

        I always liked that joke by, I think, the late, great Charlie Williams: “People who have pink skin, brown hair and blue eyes call me coloured.”
        Perhaps you should learn to laugh at it.

  • andy_gill

    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a nasty piece of work, and I can quite see why Michael Fabricant lost his temper. She is a shouty self-righteous lefty, who has no problem in insulting people she disagrees with. She can dish it out but she can’t take it.

    • Damaris Tighe

      Yes this is the woman who said she loathes Rod Liddle on C4.

      • GnosticBrian

        And did not refute Liddle’s assertion that she loathed the working class; instead she replied that she also loathed Liddle.

        • George

          I thought she practically admitted to it.

          • Call me TC

            She said that she’d helped some poor white working class boys in the past. It was her version of ‘some of my best friends are black.’

        • Fergus Pickering

          She could not refute it. Se could only deny it. And she didn’t do that. But I take it that she is a high caste Indian lady and doesn’t care for untouchables.

    • channel.fog

      I’m a lefty – I’d hate to think that Yasmin Alibhai-Brown OBE is a lefty. Remind me, has she got her OBE back yet?

    • telemachus

      Yasmin is a very accomplished lady

      She won the George Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2002 and the Emma Award for Journalism in 2004. She is also the author of several books including the acclaimed ‘The Settler’s Cookbook: A Memoir of Migration’, ‘Love and Food’ and ‘Who Do We Think We Are? Imagining the New Britain’.
      *
      Cameron needs to take the whip from misogynist Fabricant

      • davidofkent

        A few years ago, I thought she spoke well and sensibly. Lately she has become a professional victim and talks nonsense.

        • GraveDave

          A few years ago? Well she’s been speaking in much the same tone ever since I can remember, and that’s going back at least ten years. She also admits that she never reads the comments on her own blogs.

        • Holly

          I first had the misfortune of hearing this woman more than a ‘few years ago’, and her language has not changed one iota.

          She will never allow herself happiness, will never be genuinely happy while carrying all that ‘darkness’ around with her.

      • GraveDave

        And do they ever give these ‘Orwell prizes’ out to real journalists?
        No, I’ve seen a lot of second rate hacks receiving them lately.

      • saffrin

        Yasmin needs to understand the mood of the country is changing.
        With her attitude, she would be better keeping quiet or leaving.

        • telemachus

          There you go again
          *
          The Ukip racist view
          Pure Smethwick Griffiths
          Almost undiluted Powellism

          • saffrin

            It pleases me to know you have learned nothing.

          • Wessex Man

            You truly are a slimy liar, I’m sure you only keep coming back here because you’ve offended everyone in your area!

          • global city

            I reckon you are David Irving and you’re just taking the p*ss.

      • http://english-pensioner.blogspot.co.uk/ english_pensioner

        Who’s Emma?

      • George

        How is he misogynistic?

      • Roger Hudson

        A journalist ? case proven, take her down.

  • Mike Oddpiece

    He never does, he just whitters on about football

  • http://www.brandaware.co.uk/ Paddy Briggs

    Fabricant tweeted, foolishly, about punching someone in the throat. It was not directed at Yasmin Alibhai-Brown as a woman but as someone with whose views he disagreed. The charge of misogyny does not stand up. Fabricant did not make a sexist remark at all. He was foolish and vulgar. But he was not insulting Ms Alibhai-Brown in respect of her gender.

    • GnosticBrian

      Paddy – Fabricant tweeted that he avoided the TEMPTATION to punch Yasmin in the throat by never meeting her. There is a difference between admitting to temptation and succumbing to action. Also the language was figurative – if Red Ed tells you “I could murder a bacon sandwich mate” would you take it literally?

      • Fergus Pickering

        Oh that doesn’t sound like Ed at all.He would never advocate violence to a sandwich, particularly a non-kosher one.

        • GnosticBrian

          Earlier this year, when in Israel, Red Ed said that he wants to become Britain’s FIRST Jewish Prime Minister and will not be held back by the “elements” of anti-Semitism that still exist in this country. Should part of being “British” include the expectation that the children of immigrants should have a reasonable knowledge of British history – Benjamin Disraeli anyone?

  • DavidL

    Modern manners, I’m afraid. It’s simply not done to tweet about punching women. Even YAB. Even in jest.

  • dado_trunking

    Could we have his unvetted opinion about punching little blighters next, please?
    They get on my boobies far more than wimmin.

    • Ron Todd

      Is that the wimmin in America that are campaigning for the right to walk about topless or the wimmin in this country that are campaigning to have page 3 banned?

      • dado_trunking

        oh I don’t know, I can’t think. My nipples are aching too much right now.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Oh what an amusing day. Fabricant shaves his golden locks and puts on Doc Martin’s, Osborne’s minions at HMRC cock-up yet again and will be telling miillions of people they have to pay more tax and Helen Goodman does her Marie Antionette impersonation whilst supping at the gravy train of FIFA corruption.

    Now in regard to Fabricant I can sympathise with the sentiment that YAB is such an awful frustrating individual that she could evoke violence purely by espousing her ridiculous views from certain uncontrolled types but admitting that Fabricant himself lacks the necessary self-control not to be one of them was extremely stupid.

    • Dougie

      Actually, Fabbers is making the very valid point that it is sensible to avoid situations in which you might be tempted to use violence.

      • Smithersjones2013

        Spin away as much as you like but the bottom line is that Fabricant said that he would be unable to control himself in her presence.

        That he would allow such a sad excuse for a human being to have such an effect on him does not recommend him. He should rise above her psychotic hysteria

        • GnosticBrian

          But it is all right for Yasmin to loathe the British working class? When Liddle put that to her she did not deny it, rather she embarked on a loud mouthed rant about how proud she was to loathe Liddle. A fine example from a prominent member of the religion that supposedly advocates mercy and tolerance. No engagement with Liddle just undiluted visceral hatred.

          • Andy

            That stupid woman is pure evil. No point in talking to her or the likes of her.

            • Fergus Pickering

              Pure evil is going it a bit. Alistair Campbell is pure evil. See the difference.

              • Andy

                They all p*ss in the same pot. No difference.

          • Alexsandr

            A fine example from a prominent member of the religion that supposedly advocates mercy and tolerance.

            not Islam then?

        • GraveDave

          Sorry Smi- thers – Jones…; – )

        • Fergus Pickering

          I think, I think he was making a joke. Yes, a joke.

  • zanzamander

    YAB brings out the worst in people.

    • HookesLaw

      She brings out the worst in hamsters.

      • Wessex Man

        oh my word, can you keep it up Hooky babe?

      • Holly

        You leave hamsters out of this.

      • Kitty MLB

        Are you aware Yvette Cooper chews hamsters..well according
        to some journalists when speaking of her expressions.

    • Holly

      Especially in herself.

  • https://belasariust.wordpress.com/ solly gratia

    You are suffering from internalised patriarchy, and have no sympathy with the Sistahood.
    Alibhai’s probably just jealous she couldn’t think of a witty Mensch-like retort that would have been retweeted 100/1 to Fabricant’s.

    • Smithersjones2013

      If she’s worried about Mensch her standards are even lower than I would ever have contemplated…

  • La Fold

    I know usually I would use a mixture of my rugged good looks and cheeky chappy charm to woo a young lady friend but after reading his one thing on twitter all im going to do now is suckerpunch them in jaw and yell “POP GO THE WEASEL!”

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