Week 25: Prat – Michael Fabricant MP

by Jackie_South on June 23, 2014

Tory_Twitter_PratOur panel has decided to give our award for the greatest prat of the last week to the Honourable Member for Lichfield

I’ve never met Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, I have met Rod Liddle once. I found him an interesting and engaging bloke: a confused mixture of left- and right-wing populism, a man who both desperately wants to create mischief and equally desperately wants to appear reasonable and rational. Personally, I’m sure I would enjoy having a few beers with him, but I can understand why he can get on the nerves of some on the left, as he did with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown when they clashed in a TV debate late on Thursday.

But it wasn’t Rod Liddle who was the target of Michael Fabricant’s ill-tempered and ill-judged tweet.  “I could never appear on a discussion prog with @y_alibhai I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat.”

Yes, of course I am sure that the Lichfeld MP would not really punch Ms Alibhai-Brown in the throat. But it was an extremely crass thing to do, and certainly seems to belittle the issue of violence against women.

As usually happens in these cases, Fabricant initially claimed that the anger his Twitter comment generated was a fuss over nothing, before belatedly tweeting an apology: “So just for the avoidance of any doubt: I am v sorry for tweet. It was wrong to joke abt punching + I completely withdraw and apologise.”. Ah, the public schoolboy insincere apology, what you might call “Doing the Boris”.

Alibhai-Brown was unimpressed.

“Is this his apology? Well, he can stuff it. I don’t want to talk to him at all …  As an elected member of parliament [he] thinks it’s OK to say that he would punch me in the throat because he didn’t like what I said to a man who is perfectly capable of taking anything: Mr Rod Liddle; he’s not a soft little kitten… He has not apologised. I do not call this an apology. This is him trying to get out of a difficult situation and he’s actually making it worse.”

Good on you Yasmin for calling out a crass moron and his mealy-mouthed apology. And Mickey Fab, what an unpleasant prat you are.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Killingworth June 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

I wonder if you would have taken the same view if Fabricant didn’t have a load of previous?

Taken on its own, the apology looks fine to me, perhaps I don’t understand what’s wrong with it. Indeed, I think YA-B’s refusal to accept it is rather prattish itself…


Fionauk512 June 25, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Not sure that ‘joking’ about punching a woman in the throat because her opinion or political persuasion differs from yours is something that should be a part of a mature discourse. It’s a loaded comment that ignores context and shows a lack of understanding or perhaps care. None of the men in my family would deem that an appropriate comment even as banter in the pub.


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