Last night in the House of Commons during a debate two matters arose that show the importance of our credible politicians challenging less credible people who are using twitter to indicate their ignorance. The one closest to home came from Maria Caulfield whose tweet is above. It seems rather disturbing that she has chosen to criticise a member of the same party she is a member of. The response from Dominic Grieve is below which discloses just how little understanding Maria has of a colleagues background which would be easy for her to check up on:
I was a little bit startled when I read a tweet by my hon. Friend the Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield) in which she, first, described the amendments as “Shameful”, which is of course a matter of her opinion, and secondly, went on to say that I had no interest in Northern Ireland. All I can say is that, having been in the House for 22 years, I have acted as a spokesman on Northern Ireland matters when we were in opposition; I served for six years, I think, on the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body; I was chair of the Conservative Back-Bench committee on Northern Ireland in my early years in the House; I participate actively in the British-Irish Association annual conference; and I try to make myself as frequent a visitor to Northern Ireland as I can, sometimes to give talks and lectures, or, indeed, to visit people, and on a number of occasions I have been there on holiday. Whatever my views may be and however much my hon. Friend may think that they are erroneous, I can absolutely assure her that I have Northern Ireland at heart. I am a Unionist and it matters to me very much indeed.
The second matter was a response in the same debate by Nick Boles towards Donald Trump who has been using his office to criticise our Ambassador. Nick stated
“I know we have very important subjects that Members are keen to debate, so I do not want to detain you, but could you advise me how we can indicate our reaction to the grossly offensive attack by the President of the United States on Her Majesty’s ambassador, and indeed on Her Majesty’s Prime Minister? This afternoon, he has sent some messages that amount to gross discourtesy, and I am certain that many hon. Members will want to indicate that the United Kingdom will not be bullied by anyone, not even the President of the United States.”
It seems vital that our Tory MPs use the House of Commons to challenge the ignorance and offensive use of social media by Trump and Caulfield!