A bizarre Twitter row broke out overnight between a former MP and veteran ITV broadcaster Alastair Stewart. On the night of two crucial by-elections in Stoke and Copeland, the pair managed to get in a dust-up over foxes and chickens.
Foxes and chickens
It was a mixed night for Labour. The party suffered defeat to the Conservatives in Copeland, which counts as a historic win for the government. And conversely, Labour trounced UKIP leader Paul Nuttall in Stoke-On-Trent.
Just before midnight, Alastair Stewart shared with Twitter that he’d lost nine of his 11 chickens to a fox attack.
Tonight is not the night ti ask me to love all my fellow creatures: a fox paid a visit: 2/11 of our chickens survived. So very sad for them. pic.twitter.com/2FaXK18zzI
— Alastair Stewart (@alstewitn) February 23, 2017
While words of support steamed in from all sources, former MP Chris Williamson decided to declare the event a teaching moment.
And it deteriorated from there.
Labour’s Anne McGuire attempted to intervene with some common sense, and immediately regretted it.
Gold medal bollocks and poor grammar, to boot, @ChriswMP. Singular 'myth' takes singular verb, 'flies'. And its ethnology not biology.
— Alastair Stewart (@alstewitn) February 24, 2017
Others join the fray
As tends to happen on Twitter, rubber-necking bypassers decided they wanted a piece of the action too. Everyone appeared a little ‘tired and emotional’ after a late night of by-election coverage.
— kathy (@kb32904) February 24, 2017
Yeah, "to justify to horrendous cruelty" doesn't even make sense!! https://t.co/ckEHXJ388t
— ☘️NeelyFanTerry ☘️ (@NeelyFanForever) February 24, 2017
The spat was picked up by Guido Fawkes, which triggered another Twitter pile-on.
The argument drew in Twitter commentariat types like Dan Hodges and Owen Jones. And continued to pick up speed.
Jesus, Chris. Let it go.
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) February 24, 2017
why are you doing this. What is going through your head?
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) February 24, 2017
At time of writing, the ‘Foxes and Chickens’ row shows no signs of letting up, despite it having no bearing on anything. Which is a pretty apt metaphor for much of UK politics right now.
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