The bizarre and sinister letter sent by Tory MP and whip Chris Heaton-Harris to universities, demanding that they disclose the names of professors teaching Brexit as part of European studies courses – and access to course materials and recorded lectures – has caused outrage.
The letter was widely condemned by academics and public alike – and Heaton-Harris was disowned by Theresa May:
But the prize for the best put-down goes to Dr Ben Witham, Lecturer in International Relations at Leicester’s De Montfort University:
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Heaton-Harris for comment, but he failed to respond and also ‘no commented’ the BBC and others, so he may be regretting his ‘McCarthy Era’ brainwave – or just busy ‘looking for some ice for that burn’.
The Tories’ sense of loss of control, as the narrative escapes them and the ‘Corbyn surge’ continues, seems to be resulting in an increasing totalitarianism. But social media, wit and pithy comment proved an effective take-down today.
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