The prime minister is not the only one who must cut back on the poisonous rhetoric.


Someone disagreed with something I had written or posted in social media, saying it was okay to contact my workplace and try to intimidate me and people I care about with threats of severe violence.

I received a nasty threat this week. It wasn’t the first one I had in this job and it won’t be the last, but it wasn’t nice and it wasn’t supposed to happen.

Abuse and threats are becoming a part of our daily lives, and this should not be the case, writes Liam Thorp

After this charming conversation with the friendly caller, I headed home to watch one of the most remarkable and disturbing parliamentary sessions I have ever seen.

I tried not to think about it too much, but it made me think about the feverish times we live in now-and how the rhetoric we now hear so regularly from those in power can only make things worse.

So I know what he is all about.

It felt like I was seeing a dramatic staging of a dystopian version of our democracy in action – but unfortunately it was reality.

I’ve written quite a bit about the actions and attitudes of Boris Johnson in recent weeks, and how he has so casually tried to disregard centuries of decency and democracy to pursue his own personal ambitions.

Yet it was a new low to watch him arrogantly disregard the raw, disturbing concerns of members of parliament who receive far worse threats than those that came my way every day of the week.

And for Mr. Johnson-and those barking angrily behind him-it was frankly dangerous to continue to fuel the smouldering tensions in the country with talk of betrayal and surrender.

For him it was repugnant to strike back so violently against numerous female members, friends of the murdered Jo Cox, who merely asked the prime minister to calm things down.

Today we heard the news that MP Luciana Berger from Liverpool Wavertree will leave the city to fight for a seat in London for her new party, the Liberal Democrats.

But it is not only our irresponsible Prime Minister and his colleagues who must reconsider their behaviour, but all of us.

I understand that people may not always think they were satisfied with the service they received from their MP.

I understand that people who voted for a Labour MEP were frustrated that their MP had moved to another party – particularly a party involved in a coalition government that has done great damage to this city.


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