It was the same Jess Phillips incidentally who had offended men up and down the country with her own brand of offensive behaviour only days earlier, triggering the Twitter threats.
Hadn’t you heard Jess, Twitter is packed full of cranks and weirdos? It also happens to be full of militant feminists ready to crucify people for saying what they deem to be the ‘wrong’ thing - militant feminists incidentally - who quite happily helped to destroy the career of eminent scientist Sir Tim Hunt for making an allegedly sexist remark not so very long ago.
I’d take care then if I were Ms Phillips. Twitter can be a very dark and disturbing place. Yes, social media trolls can do quite a lot of damage if they put their minds to it. Don’t worry though. Unlike Sir Tim, your job is quite safe. But I digress.
A few days ago in the House of Commons Phillips’ had laughed openly and scornfully when fellow MP Phillip Davies had proposed debating a range of ‘men’s’ issues - appropriately enough on International Men’s Day. The MP for Birmingham Yardley just couldn’t hide her scorn and contempt for such an initiative.
Equality for Phillips is all well and good just so long as it’s women’s equality on the table. Men can take a hike. Issues such as worryingly high male suicide rates and deaths from cancer seemingly have no interest for Phillips, a self-appointed crusader for ‘equality.’
That Phillips and the majority of her fellow generation of moral guardians can act and speak with such breath-taking hypocrisy should surprise no-one. In her simplistic mind, women are the eternal victims of a patriarchal society that constantly oppresses the female sex as well as just about any other minority you care to mention.
The fact that the same patriarchal system that she rails so endlessly against also happens to be the very same one that has propelled her into a position way beyond her meagre ‘talents’ blithely passes Phillips by. As with all self-appointed guardians of morality, scratch beneath the surface and the contradictions are there for all to see.
She’s got form, this one.
When accused of being sanctimonious by non-other than Labour MP Diane Abbot (Yes, that Diane Abbot, oh the irony!) a short time ago, Philips’s response was a curt “Who the fuck are you?” Respect sister. Oh such dignity. The voters of Yardley must have been swelling up with pride to know they had voted such a temperate and restrained women as their democratic representative.
Yep, so while this confused ideologue (and countless others of her ilk) can take offence at the drop of the hat, she has no qualms when it comes to offending others with her vile tongue.
Predictably, Phillips has been quick to defend her divisive views. In response to questions about her questionable attitude to men she replied via Twitter (where else?) that she has two children (male) and three brothers! Ah right, so next time you are accused of sexism or of being misogynistic, just tell ‘em you have a wife and sister, that should shut them up, not.
But it doesn’t end there. Oh no.
Now you might have thought that the liberal-leftie media would have picked up on this glaring case of hypocrisy. Not a bit. Newspapers like the Guardian and Independent – self-appointed bastions of liberté, égalité and fraternité - have been virtually silent on this story. How strange.
So just why have these otherwise vociferous champions of equality and diversity fallen so silent? After all, as an example of wilful inequality, it doesn’t get any worse than this - an elected Member of Parliament openly expressing contempt at an equality initiative.
When I say the leftie press have fallen silent, that’s not quite true. They’ve only been silent with regards to Phillips’ original crassness. By contrast, the Twitter rape-threat has been splashed all over their front pages occupying endless column inches. Oh yes, their right-on columnists have been very quick to express their indignation and horror, while Phillips’ own offensive behaviour which started the whole affair had hardly merited a mention..
Oh dear. So just how do you react when a member of one of your cherished and sanctified ‘minority’ groups reveals themselves to be just as vile and obnoxious as those disgusting working class UKIP voters, misogynists, racists and Little Englanders who you revile with so much relish every day in the pages of your ‘enlightened’ rags?
Easy. You just go silent. You ignore it. Just like the Scandinavian media does when wilfully failing to report racial and ethnic identities in rape cases. Ignore it. Simple as that.
If you’re a member of the bleeding heart Guardian and Independent set the last thing you want is stories circulating that might result in the halos slipping off the heads of those poor oppressed minorities whom you so valiantly defend. What would they do then, poor things? The journos I mean.
Truth is the Hampstead media and political set are worried. I mean if men jump on the victimisation gravy train along with women, blacks, Muslims, LGBTs and the rest, where will that leave them? Perhaps Phillips' obdurate stance becomes explicable.
Just think about it: There'll be nobody to blame, nobody to harangue. We will have the highly amusing situation of a society in which each and every person considers themselves to be a member of the oppressed...
And so back to Newsnight. Good I thought. They’re going to cross examine this silly woman about her anti-male views and why she thinks that special treatment for women, but not for men, equates to equality. They might even ask her if she thinks telling a fellow (female) MP to “Fuck off” is acceptable. I rubbed my hands together in anticipation. Nothing like the sanctimonious being exposed for the fakes and bullies they really are.
And then I remembered this was the BBC. Kirsty Wark was in the chair…
What followed predictably enough was a whitewash. Brimming with self-pity and indignation, Phillips, egged on by Wark, expertly turned the ‘interview’ into a charade of self-pity, duly casting herself as the victim - this time of a hateful tweet, presumably from a hateful man.
And her own scornful, contemptuous behaviour that had started the whole affair? Not a mention.
Just like their bleeding heart compatriots on the print media, the corporation ignored Phillips’ blatant sexism when it originally occurred, only to allow this nauseating woman air-time a-plenty to herald her Twitter victimisation. Good old BBC – ever the champions of equality
As for Twitter, it amazes me that these ‘hard-working’ MPs have so much time to tweet every few minutes of the day. When myself and colleagues are working it’s the last thing we have time to do.
I hope these gross tweeters who made the threat to Phillips are happy with themselves. By sending these offensive tweets the perpetrators have inadvertently allowed Phillips to seize back the moral high ground, the place where this most sanctimonious of hypocrites most likes to be.