Stuart Maclennan, Labour’s ex-candidate for Moray branded House of Commons speaker John Bercow a “t**”, and “an opportunist little t***” and another claimed the Tory is “detested”.
He also attacked the Lib Dem leader, saying Nick Clegg can “f*** right off if he thinks he’s in the same league as Brown and Cameron” in ‘Tweets’ that were avidly followed by Ed Balls, Andy Burnham, Ben Bradshaw, Wendy Alexander and John Prescott – not one of those Labour luminaries complained.
He described veteran Labour MP Diane Abbot, as “a f****** idiot”. It is not known whether Ms Abbot complained.
Turning his sights on the American president, he wrote: “Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize. Discuss. You’ve got to be f****** kidding me.”
He didn’t confine his insults to politicians, he also left a stream of insults about celebrities. He branded X Factor judge Louis Walsh a “c***” and referred to show favourites Jedward as “odious little s***s”. In another abuse-filled post he wrote: “I f****** hate Paolo Nutini.”
Nothing there so far that hasn’t been said in one form or another by every voter in the land.
Iain Gray, leader of the Labour party in Scotland, said that Maclennan had the ‘full backing of the Labour Party’ – none of his Twitter followers deleted him.
An hour later – after ‘reading the comments in full’, an onerous task given that Twitters have to be expressed in less than 140 characters a Scottish Labour spokesman said Mr MacLennan had been axed as the candidate for Moray for “the totally unacceptable language which he has expressed online”.
He added: “On reading the comments in full, the Scottish Labour Party was outraged by their content and Scottish Labour’s General Secretary took the decision to suspend his membership of the Labour Party.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “A candidate has made a mistake. It’s unacceptable. That candidate has got to resign.
“I have made it absolutely clear what my views are: we cannot have people standing as candidates for the Labour Party who express these views, so that candidate will not be a candidate for the Labour.”
Just one question – has Iain Gray changed his mind, or does the anonymous spokesman for the Scottish Labour Party speak for Gordon Brown and not Iain Gray?
We should be told.