Lucy Allan, Conservative MP, has made a comeback video on her Facebook Page that has come into criticism for failing to accept responsibility for faking a death threat. You can view the video here. (Update: This video has since been taken down by Lucy Allan but can be found here instead )
She originally suspended both her Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The story broke after she posted what she claimed was text an email and states it was from one certain individual. At the bottom a death threat (of sorts) was made. The person who sent the email called her out on Facebook claiming the death threat was added by her and that he had proof.
Lucy Allan later stated that the death threat had been added as part of wider content she had received from other people.. If you had seen what she posted, it’s hard to imagine that could be the case.
Her video (here if you want to see it now) (Update: This video has since been taken down by Lucy Allan but can be found here instead) essentially says that she won’t let Labour Activists wind her up and that she will continue on as normal as if nothing has happened. No apology. No recognition. It’s the “activists” fault.
On the comments there are a few supporters and many people venting their displeasure. The supporters accusing the displeased of bullying. That’s good coming from a Conservative party in the midst of a bullying scandal and this latest claim of racial bullying involving a video of Sadiq Khan, Mayoral candidate for London.
The question though, is it right? Is it right that an MP should be hounded and made an example of? Is it right that an MP be made to feel uncomfortable?
Yes. Up to a point. Clear actual death threats or physical threats of any kind should always be condemned but hounding, barracking, messaging in simple form should not necessarily be seen as bullying nor unacceptable and here we take a brief moment to explain why.
An MP is almost in an untouchable position. Say too much to an MP and you can expect to have the police knocking on your door. Same the same thing to anyone else on line and you’re dealt with just as another troll whom everyone ignores or happily but stupidly argues with.
If an MP does a wrong, makes a big mistake, or tries to deceive the public deliberately then that MP should be held to account either by way of apology, being reprimanded or in the worst cases sacked or jailed. At the very least they should be expected to give an explanation. But when there is no logic to the explanation given then surely the MP can not just be allowed to saunter off as if nothing ever happened.
When that happens what come back is there for the electorate? If you or I did that in our jobs we would probably expect to be disciplined or sacked and we never see that same justice carried out in the role as an MP.
We have seen time and again in the right wing press moments where Labour MP’s usually alligned to Jeremy Corbyn are brought to task and hounded by the media or even other Labour MP’s and they always manage to come back with an answer where even if you don’t agree, there is always logic behind what they are saying or in the case of Ken Livingstone an actual apology.
When is this same expectation given to Conservative MP’s?
So, in the interests of fairness and justice, if you are an MP on either side of the house, if you mess up, the least we should expect is an apology and if we can’t even get that and there is no sense of justice for the people who expect you to lead the country without fear nor favour, then you should expect to be hounded. You should expect a verbal onslaught and you should expect to be held to account.
As an MP you are not just another member of public. You are part of an elite group of people who run the country. Who make choices in regards to war and peace, you make decisions that effect the disabled and sick, the unemployed and the workers of the country. We trust you to do a good job even if we don’t all support you as a party.
If you can’t be trusted to tell the truth then you should expect the public to decide your fate in politics if you are not going to be held to account by the people that should hold you to account in the first instance.
They work for us. Not the other way around.