Guido Fawkes has revealed that Tory blogger Inigo Wilson has been suspended from his day job at Orange for comments he made on-line.
Wilson, who works as a “Community Affairs Spokesman” for the mobile phone company, wrote a hilarious and zany (ahem) ‘lefty lexicon’ on ConservativeHome.com. Amongst the mildly amusing (“Delivery – as in “delivered against targets”. Means ‘achieve’.”) and the boringly Tory (“Class – grouping people by the contents of their wallet rather than, say, how they think, feel or behave as individuals.”) was the outright offensive: “Islamophobic – anyone who objects to having their transport blown up on the way to work”.
Not surprisingly, some people were upset by the insinuation being made and complained. Now, it seems, young Inigo has been sent home to do some gardening.
It is early days, but we should probably head to the bunkers before Tory outrage at this attack on the freedom to racially abuse hits us.
UPDATE: spoke too soon, over at Guido they are commenting early and commenting often – “Disgraceful!”, “Islamofascism strikes back”, “Can’t the Muslims accept the British sense of humour?”. Best of all: “So the question for Orange now is are there more Tories who value speech in the UK than there are vaguely militant Islamists who can’t take a joke”.
These cuddly new Tories eh…
ANOTHER UPDATE: I fear these could be on going, but according to Guido, Orange have confirmed that they have indeed sent Inigo on gardening leave. This has sent the locals into apopelexy, but interestingly, this is what arch-Libatarian archo-capitalist Guido had to say: “Ironically, regrettably, if he worked for me in that kind of a position, methinks Guido would probably have fired him.”
The infernal battle in the soul of the Tory party between those wishing to get filthy rich and those wishing to protect the freedom to racially abuse rolls on.