Here we go again. As the world mourns the death of Leonard Cohen — the great songwriter — at the age of 82, Louise Mensch has managed to add yet another Twitter gaffe to her ever-growing list. On hearing the news, the former Tory MP took to her social media to hail it as proof of America’s ‘enduring greatness’ unlike… Russia, which by comparison is ‘joyless’:
Alas there is a snag with her latest piece of Putin-bashing — Leonard Cohen is actually Canadian.
This is just one in a series of social media blunders:
2. Last year she attempted to demonstrate the ‘sewer that is Jeremy Corbyn’s support’ by pointing out that Twitter’s autocomplete function showed that the most common search words to appear by Liz Kendall’s name were ‘Nazi’, ‘Zionist’ and ‘Jews’. However, as each suggestion appeared next to an ‘x’, this means that the words were her own search history rather than the work of an evil Corbynista.
— Bee Jones (@BitOfFun) August 21, 2015
3. In 2014, she suggested that Theodor Herzl — the father of modern Zionism and author of The Jewish State — was an anti-Semite, who she would block from her timeline.
4. In January after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Mensch tweeted that Charlie Hebdo was a person. Charlie Hebdo is the name of the magazine the victims worked for.
5. Earlier this summer Mensch accused the Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens of being the author of this very blog. Mr S can confirm that this allegation is false.
@LouiseMensch And no, Steerpike not me, though kind of you to suspect it.
— Peter Hitchens (@ClarkeMicah) June 19, 2015
6. Mensch then resumed her feud with Peter Hitchens earlier this month over an item in Private Eye raising questions about an interview the author had conducted with the head of an Islamist group. Only there was yet again a problem; Mensch had misread the piece and it was actually about the journalist Peter Oborne, not Hitchens. #Fail
Mr S suspects it’s for the best that Mensch has now made her tweets ‘protected’.