Will Self’s Brexit row with this Tory MP was already good but the 15-second hard stare was next level
It promises to be a big week for Brexit but there is unlikely to be anything as entertaining about it as this row between journalist, author (etc) Will Self and Brexit-loving Tory MP, Mark Francois.
It’s the best 2 minutes you’ll spend this week and the last 15 seconds, well, that might be the best 15 seconds of the year.
Mark Francois: “A slur on 17.4m people…you should apologise on national TV….outrageous thing to say”
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 8, 2019
No wonder the BBC’s Politics Live clip has been watched more than 2 millions times already.
Here are just some of our favourite things people were saying about it.
Mark Francois demonstrating the saddest thing about modern life there. Not listening to what the other person is saying, making up what he thinks the other person is saying, getting offended and angry by the thing he made up, looking like a prize idiot as a result.
— Jeebs Palmer (@JeebsPalmer) 8 March 2019
The stupidest man currently in politics? It's a big field, but to repeat a false syllogism so many times without even knowing he's doing it – wow. Frightening that this man Mark Francois is allowed to use the street unsupervised, let alone operate in Westminster… https://t.co/QAwVPUQr9a
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) March 8, 2019
The fact that Mark Francois is actually a Member of Parliament says it all about the current state of our politics. I wouldn’t trust him to run a bath.
— Stephen D Smith (@stephensmith195) 8 March 2019
WS “I’m not saying that every bird is a penguin. I’m just saying that every penguin is a bird”.
MF “How dare you say that every bird is a penguin!”
WS “I didn’t say that”.
MF “You need to apologise to every bird for saying they are a penguin”.
— Jamie Regan (@JamieRegan_) 8 March 2019
Did Francois really not understand that very simple piece of logic?! He has a hair trigger
— Beverly Le Long (@knitsfairisle) 8 March 2019
Mark Francois obviously struggles with words, so here’s a Venn diagram that might help him: pic.twitter.com/bIVzTQhJYF
— Citizen K (@PrimeShade) 8 March 2019
It's been a good few days for TV comedy – Fleabag, Derry Girls, Partridge – but Mark Francois and Will Self's staring competition at the end of this clip might just be funniest moment of the week https://t.co/Uf1H84a1F4
— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) March 8, 2019
Love the eye to eye contact at the end ……..Mark Francois is merely a high end Brexiteer thug slightly above the like of Tommy Robinson. These idiots are holding the country to ransom…..
— Bevan Boy (@mac123_m) 8 March 2019