Beheading the Archbishop of Banterbury with the righteous sword of shouty, poetic activism

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Banterwatch: Election Edition - Part Deux!

This morning, I was disappointed to see that while Sedgefield Ukip candidate John Leathley had said a number of astonishingly racist and sexist things about the journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, he had forgotten to issue the customary excuse that these comments were 'just banter', opting instead to make an apparently contrite - although misspelled - apology.

Thank God, then, for this man:

This man being Jeff Armstrong, Ukip candidate for Bolton South East. Jeff has been criticised for making and sharing posts on Facebook which have been described as 'crude and offensive' - including one joke comparing an 'ugly, fat woman' to a farm animal.

Unlike Leathley, however, Armstrong has followed the time-honoured tradition of seeking the last refuge of the douchebag,  telling the Bolton News that his posts are 'just a bit of banter' and pointing out that 'we live in a country where we have free speech'.

We certainly do, Jeff - though that didn't seem to stop your party leader complaining to the police about Have I Got News for You. Still, here at Howl of the Bantee we, like you, believe strongly in free speech, which is why I'd like to dedicate this poem to you:

I read that to a bunch of EDL goons who turned up to threaten the protest against your man Farage speaking at the Sage, Gateshead. Funny how guys like that always support your lot, isn't it? I mean, what with you not being racist and all.

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