How they josh each other at Eton

Meanwhile, among Britain’s political elite…a Tory MP says publicly that he’d like to punch Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in the throat to shut her up.

She was on a tv chat show with the vile (and misogynist) Rod Liddle, and she told him she loathed him.

Fabricant, who has his profile picture on Twitter as ice skater Jimmy MacElroy from Blades Of Glory, chipped in.

I could never appear on a discussion prog with @y_alibhai I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat

He then retweeted someone who called for Alibhai-Brown to be deported.

Then later he said he was just out of the dentist and anybody who knows him will know he didn’t mean it (which is slightly irrelevant since he said it on Twitter and also he’s an MP).

Alibhai-Brown told The Huffington Post UK: “I am of course appalled that a Tory MP thinks it’s OK to fantasise aloud about wanting to beat up an Asian woman, but not surprised.

“Some years ago a Tory councillor in Birmingham called for me to be stoned to death. They can’t bear it that there are now women like me out there, not being their ayahs or selling them curries.”

Maybe Fabricant is of the Penn Jillette school of joking, and if you don’t get the humor, it’s your own damn fault and he’s a professional.


  1. John Morales says

    Proactively, I note that we readers are probably not unaware that the throat-punch is an idiom idiom.

    The sentiment, however, is clearly not figurative.

  2. Al Dente says

    But the lidocaine was wearing off and when that happens even an MP might want to punch someone either before or after they’re deported, especially if the punchee has been rude to a misogynist.

  3. sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d says

    Fabricant didn’t go to Eton, so we can’t blame them for his attitude. He had the benefit of British state education, which makes it even more alarming.

  4. drken says

    At least he has the good sense to know when he’s said something stupid. Of course, blaming the dentist makes me think he is the sort of person that says that sort of thing, he’s just not usually loopy enough to tweet it.

  5. says

    Here’s an idea: If you can’t behave yourself publicly (and Twitter counts as public) after a visit to the dentist, stay private. His excuse is like saying he’s not to blame for running over the pedestrian ’cause he was drunk.

  6. Gen, Uppity Ingrate and Ilk says

    They can’t bear it that there are now women like me out there, not being their ayahs or selling them curries.

    I <3 this, because it's true. When they're not using Muslim women as a club to beat feminists into silence, they want them to be demure and subservient and most of all, quiet.

  7. sacharissa says

    I’ve been to the dentist many times and had sedation twice. I have never felt the urge to post violent messages online. In fact sedation is nice and calming so you would be less likely to want to do that. I’d suggest as with alcohol, if the dentist thing was really a factor it mean that his self-control was lowered and he was posting exactly what he meant but would normally not be silly enough to post.

    I hate the way the deportation thing is always thrown at immigrants even those who like YAB have been here for years, are British citizens, have a British spouse and kids etc. The same people probably complain that imigrants don’t integrate properly.

  8. A Hermit says

    I love the way the guy demanding that she be deported for speaking her mind starts going on about his right to speak his mind as soon as he gets criticized…

    Self awareness is not a strong point there…

  9. Al Dente says

    sacharissa @8

    I’ve been to the dentist many times and had sedation twice. I have never felt the urge to post violent messages online.

    This is why you’ll never become a Tory MP. :p

  10. Gordon Willis says

    I thought MPs only behaved like that in Afghanistan. Wither dermorcacy, bitrish values, the Tory Praty..!

  11. davroslives says

    I never understand why in these situations they don’t just APOLOGIZE. Even if they’re lying. “I am deeply sorry for my statement on Twitter. I had just been under anesthetic at the dentist, and was not thinking straight. I regret making the statement, and certainly wish no harm to Alibhai-Brown. It was unprofessional, and will never happen again ”

    Instead it’s the “ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS I DIDN’T MEAN IT” defense, or over explaining, or whatever. Just say “I’m really sorry” and move on. It will cause far fewer problems in the long run.

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