Labour MP John Mann launched a public attack – on social media and quoted in the hated S*n – on a Labour member, after the member took him to task on his behaviour as a Labour MP and its impact on our National Health Service.
Mann tweeted a complaint about the closure of an NHS facility, which had meant that he had to drive some distance with his ill grandson to get treatment and Mr Speakman responded:
A simple reading of Speakman’s response suggests he was referring to having to choose between a long wait and a long drive was karma, given Mann’s history of attacking Labour’s leader and members who support him. But Mann responded differently – though still with an attack on his party leader and the members who supported him:
Some responded to his tweet with horror at what Mann claimed Speakman had done, but those who saw what had actually been tweeted responded with horror at Mann’s claim:
Dorset Eye published an article accusing Mann of ‘trying to make political capital out of his sick grandson’.
Speakman responded to the attacks on him – which were substantial from those who took Mann’s claim at face value, especially after the Murdoch S*n ran with it, by pointing out that in his second tweet he had wished Mann’s grandson a good recovery:
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Mr Mann for comment. He replied denying that there had been any second tweet by Mr Speakman:
There was no second tweet from Speakman. He has been referred to the Labour Party General Secretary. There is no ambiguity about the disgusting comments from this appalling man. Any decent person would delete and apologise for his gross offence.
But Mann wasn’t finished. He followed it up with a second email – with no suggestion that it was off the record – containing what appears to be a clear threat to this blog for asking:
As for you, your motive is clear and action will be taken against anyone and everyone abusing my family.
Other actions have commenced and of course we have secured previous expulsions/ convictions and I will be asking for Jeremy Corbyn’s direct intervention to fast track action on this latest vile attack.
The SKWAWKBOX has lodged a formal complaint against John Mann, both as a Labour member and as a writer following good journalistic practice in giving him opportunity to comment.