No doubt most readers will by now have seen the astonishing exchange on Channel 4 news between Milo Yiannopoulos and feminist presenter Cathy Newman. Without getting into too much detail, Milo was Milo and as a result Newman completely lost the plot, abandoning any sense of professionalism or integrity in her failed attempts to smear her interviewee.
The discussion trended on Twitter and promoted furious reactions from feminists, not least Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar, the former seat of Vera Baird of all people (a radical feminist who’s sexism we at HEqual have both previously exposed and completely defeated).
It’s likely that many missed Turley’s tweet as it has been ignored by the entire mainstream media and only reported by Guido Fawkes thus far. She wrote: “@channel4News sorry but how did you not punch him in his smug smirky face @cathynewman? Very restrained”. This is quite a contrast to the widespread coverage of a similar Tweet by Tory MP Michael Fabricant in 2014.
Twitter screen-shots can of course be faked and the tweet has now been deleted so it might be hard to prove it to be genuine. Thankfully, any Tweets deleted by MPs are archived and therefore we’ve been able to verify its authenticity. We’ve also discovered a further archive of the Tweet.
So, we know for sure that Turley advocates violence against homosexual males who have different political views and dare to have a smug smirky face when they effortlessly come out on top in a discussion despite massive efforts to smear him. Worse than that, she argues that a woman not punching her male in the face when they lose a debate is in fact “very restrained”, thus suggesting that violence against men is not only justified, but in fact the default response for your average woman/feminist who loses an argument.
Like so many sexist Labour MPs, Turley is only in her position thanks to blatant discrimination against men, having been selected for her seat via a controversial all-women shortlist. She fits perfectly with other Labour stereotypes, with no local knowledge connection to her constituents, having been born hundreds of miles away in Dartford. She even lived in Islington at one point and such was local opposition to her that no less than ten local Labour Councillors strongly voiced their dissatisfaction and were even deselected for doing so!
Some digging by Richard Delingpole uncovered Turley’s “anti-violence” work, including support for the outrageously sexist “White Ribbon” campaign, an organisation claiming to oppose domestic violence. In reality, they only oppose one particular form of domestic violence, that being “men’s violence against women”, thus ignoring and marginalising all male victims, all homosexual victims not to mention child victims too.
So, thus far Turley’s “anti-violence” work is entirely compatible with her support for violence against Yiannopoulos. However, in July she tabled a Private Members Bill for MPs to “discuss the increasing number of cases of threats and abuse made over the internet”.
Turley’s “Malicious Communications (Social Media) Bill” is set to be debated in March 2017 and appears to be related to the feminist “reclaim the internet” group. Turley’s co-sponsors for the bill include some of the most sexist MPs in Parliament, such as:
- Angela Rayner: who called for an opposition MP to be sacked for raising the issue of the gender justice gap
- Paula Sheriff – attempted to hijack Internatioanl Men’s Day debate in Parliament by making the discussion all about women.
- Jess Phillips – the most famous sexist of them all who attempted to block the International Men’s Day debate, even laughing whilst Philip Davies MP raised the issue of the male suicide epidemic.
She had the following to say about her Bill:
“The anonymity and physical detachment allows people to say things to others which they would not dream of saying to someone’s face.
Everyone, including those who work in public life, should be free to use the internet and social media without having to deal with a torrent of abuse or distressing threats.
For politics particularly, it is absolutely important that people are free to debate and disagree and that as elected representatives we are open to scrutiny. However the line between criticism or differences of opinion and vile abuse is repeatedly being crossed.
Colleagues from many different parties, as well as organisations and businesses including social networking sites have come together to start a national conversation through ‘Reclaim the Internet’ which is a really great campaign.
Following conversations with other colleagues who have had to put up with some of the vilest comments online, I have put forward this bill so we can also look at the guidelines around behaviour on social media to ensure the law discourages such activity.”