Andrew Mitchell and Emily Thornberry are two unlikely bedfellows but their cases have a lot in common
This week, just as Emily Thornberry MP was branded a “snob” for tweeting a picture of the Rochester home of a “white van man”, Andrew Mitchell MP was in court dealing with the fallout of the ridiculous ‘Plebgate’ saga. Both are examples of storms in teacups and neither should have ever made front-page news.
In the case of Thornberry, the overreaction from both politicians and the press has been ridiculous. That she has had to resign and has been condemned by Ed Miliband and others so publicly is ludicrous. Whilst one Labour MP, John Mann, stated that what she did was “horrendous” and insulting, the only voice of reason has been Alan Johnson MP. He commented:
“She’s not a stranger to council housing – it’s where she comes from. It doesn’t sound to me like a resignation scandal”.
Andrew Mitchell, meanwhile, found himself in the High Court both suing The Sun and being counter-sued by PC Toby Rowland last week over a silly incident in 2012 at the gates of Downing Street. That he had to resign over this and that it has even reached the courts is surprising but what it truly shows is how ludicrous this once great land has become. It is time for some sense and it time for some reason.
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