Johnny Mercer went rogue from the Conservative Party on 18 October. The MP for Plymouth Moor View described the current government as a “shit show”. When people looked into it more, an interesting tweet emerged:
The tweet prompting this response has since been deleted. The account that posted it – @Billabong1965 – no longer exists. Possibly this means Mercer caught up with them and instigated some sort of duel:
Although – you know – probably not. They likely just deleted their account or got banned for making more baseless insinuations.
People pointed out that Mercer had just drawn more attention to the issue:
Others wondered if he’d made a mistake:
And eventually, it snowballed into a full-blown meme:
The Plymouth Heraldhas unearthed what they believe was the original comment, but it’s been deleted for breaching the site’s guidelines. If the commentator was spreading untrue information about women, obviously that is completely unacceptable, and the site was right to delete it. Comments such as those alleged should be reported and dealt with, but Mercer’s macho handling of the matter has just amplified them. As a golden rule of thumb, don’t insinuate something about a person you wouldn’t want insinuated about yourself.
The executive editor of ConservativeHome thinks Mercer might have done himself a favour:
Asking somebody if they insinuated your wife is a prostitute in the Plymouth Herald comments section to own the libs. pic.twitter.com/zXBdh6842d
He also drew attention to his opinions that UK soldiers shouldn’t face consequences for incidents like the killing of John Pat Cunningham. The Canary has previously reported:
The British Life Guard Regiment shot and killed Cunningham near his home in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. They shot him in a field. He was unarmed and described as “a vulnerable man with learning difficulties”.
In April 2015, Dennis Hutchings was charged with attempted murder. The case is still ongoing.
Now he’s done trashing the reputations of himself and his party, there’s only one logical place for Mercer to go next. So look out, the comment section of the Plymouth Herald:
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