Thursday, 8 September 2016

Theresa May: This Is What A Hypocrite Looks Like

This is our Prime Minister Theresa May, before she came into office, assuring us that she was what a feminist looked like.

Yesterday at PMQ's when her opposition rival raised the subject of the housing crisis in the UK, May chose to dodge the question and offer up the usual 'yer mum' kind of retort to the delight of her Tory MP's.

Except what made the retort unusual was the fact that she was quoting from the twitter feed of one Lewis Collins - a man who routinely posts racist, abusive and misogynistic comment.

So this, we must therefore assume, is what a feminist reads on twitter, and likes

The twitter feed also proudly proclaims that 'every time a Polish person is lamped, it will always be considered a Brexit hate crime. Even if they asked for it' and that, following the news that British schoolgirl turned ISIS fighter Kadiza Sultana died in an airstrike, he hoped that 'the airstrike crushed Miss Sultana like a grape'. He also came up with 'one man and his wog' with the hashtag '#edmilibandgameshows' and supported and defended the killer of Jo Cox MP, Thomas Mair.

Feminism doesn't mean possessing a vagina and doing a high powered, responsible and important job that is normally or nominally seen to be a man's role thanks to our patriarchal society. Theresa May (and her supporters who think a woman PM must surely be a feminist) needs to learn that, and fast.

Indeed I'm reminded of genuine feminist and comedian Bridget Christie's remarks regarding May adopting that T Shirt;

"On the back it says, 'Not really, I'm a Tory, you gullible dick. Then underneath that it says, 'i axed the health in pregnancy grant. I closed Sure Start centres' That one's got a smiley face next to it. 'I cut child benefit and slashed tax credits. I shut down shelters for battered wives and children. I cut rape counselling and legal aid' Winking face.

'I cut funding for CCTV cameras and street lighting, making women much more vulnerable. I closed down all 23 specialist domestic violence courts. I cut benefits for disabled children' Sad face with sunglasses on. 'I tried to amend the abortion act so that women receive one to one  abortion counselling from the pope before they go ahead with it' Winking face with tongue out. The back is much longer than the front, by the way. It's a tailcoat, basically. They're wearing tailcoats"

I'm not presuming for one moment that Theresa May personally follows Lewis Collins on twitter (I would hope she has better things to do) but it's clear that she didn't do her research when she, this 'feminist', approved her speechwriter quoting from this twitter account.

And the very fact that someone in the Tory office actually does follow, read and approve of the kind of filth Lewis Collins routinely spews out is very, very worrying indeed. Though not at all surprising, of course, because it is the Tory mindset to sneer at anyone who isn't male, white, privileged and well off.

This is what a feminist looks like? No, Theresa May is what a hypocrite looks like.

1 comment:

  1. Mind you, Our PM isn't the only person who should know better aligning themselves to pure poison on twitter. As a friend of mine pointed out after reading this post, I gave you JK Rowling's curious twitter love of one Brian Spanner, an anti-SNP figure.

    Here's a man who publically asked if Margaret Curran MP is a victim of FGM because she is 'a torn faced cunt', and called Roseanna Cunningham 'a bitter shovelled old cunt', who seems to find the following remark funny, 'how many potatoes does it take to kill an Irishman? None' receiving constant flattery, agreement and admiration from the Harry Potter peddler whose Labour views remain pretty much in the Blair borne middle ground.

    Read on here;

    Of course, pointing out how JK Rowling's twitter output can be seen as little more than an Establishment friendly propaganda tool to 'educate' her army of devoted fans on how to vote ('Harry Potter wouldn't want Corbyn to win'? PLEASE!) is likely to stir her litigious senses so I have to tread carefully, but I do wonder if her ardent fans should consider separating their love for her literature from her seeming belief and complicity in someone's right to openly disparage and ridicule other public figures in the most vulgar and hateful misogynistic terms. After all, we can appreciate the work of that other children's entertainer Disney, but not his admiration for the Nazis.