If I wasn’t aware of Pete Wishart SNP MP from other crass and ill-judged behaviour (see numerous examples here) I’d have said this is almost unbelievable.
Set aside the mere details in the tweet above that this long-standing member of the House of Commons and chair of a select committee is so ill-educated he doesn’t even know how to spell ‘absolutely’ or ‘boak’ (a good Scottish word for vomit, something I felt like doing when I saw the tweet).
Set aside, if you can, that here is a man who believes it appropriate to link how you vote in a council election with a hugely sensitive issue that is absolutely nothing to do with those elections.
Set aside also that the implication of his words may be defamatory to many individual candidates and some political parties.
What is both disturbing and repulsive is that he thinks it appropriate to use a smutty playground synonym for masturbation in the context of a controversy that is focussed on the rape of women, to use it in fact three times.
It’s disturbing enough that when I just checked the number of people on Twitter who ‘Liked’ his tweet, it had risen to 408. If you’re thinking of responding with ‘Lighten up, it’s just a word,’ don’t. It’s the wrong word in the wrong place.
Sadly, there are fools a-plenty out there in cyberspace. We all expect it. We should not expect it of an elected parliamentarian. If I were to use the ‘W’ word about anyone in this context it would be about Mr Wishart, although I’ll settle for the more decent ‘idiot.’
In between writing this and checking his Twitter page the above tweet has disappeared from Wishart’s timeline. Someone at SNP HQ with more tactical sense if not more taste has clearly had a word. Too late, Pete, too late.
Update 9 p.m. 14 April. Wishart now says he only retweeted someone else’s meme and he found it an amusing echo of a well-known ‘Chewing the Fat’ sketch. That makes his offence all the more egregious because he knowingly linked it to the rape clause.