Johnny Mercer MP has called me a “c***” on Twitter.
Without people like you.
Stop being a selfish c**t, and put on a mask. https://t.co/BQPScfr5rp
— Johnny Mercer (@JohnnyMercerUK) September 12, 2020
Obviously I’m flattered to be likened to my favourite anatomical feature. Even so, even in 2020, is it really appropriate that a minister of Her Majesty’s government should be using such language against members of the public on social media?
Johnny Mercer is a junior government minister at the Ministry of Defence — Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for People and Veterans, no less.
Under the Conservative party’s code of conduct for ministers, this requires him to:
Lead by example to encourage and foster respect and tolerance
Treat others in a professional and straightforward manner
Act with honesty and probity and in a manner which upholds the reputation and values of the Conservative Party.