A Tory MP boasted about his army training and got dragged – 9 major takedowns
Conservative MP, Mark Francois, burst out of relative obscurity into the tawdry spotlight of ERG infamy with a racist tirade against the German Airbus CEO and a staring match with Will Self. His latest self-own came during an interview with Sky’s deputy political editor, Beth Rigby, and at least matches the other two in the WTF stakes.
“I was in the army, I wasn’t trained to lose” – fighting talk from ERG’s Mark Francois pic.twitter.com/cGyJ9JjLFR
— Fraser Nelson (@FraserNelson) March 13, 2019
“I was in the Army. I wasn’t trained to lose.”
There’s one slight issue with his claim, as his Wikipedia page shows.
Naturally, Twitter had a few things to say on the matter.
He was in the TA. No disrespect to the TA, but he wasn’t exactly parachuted into Tora Bora with a knife clenched in his teeth was he? https://t.co/WTqIGoUqGR
— David Banks (@DBanksy) March 13, 2019
SYBIL FAWLTY: He was in the Catering Corps. He poisoned them. https://t.co/DLLzGtwEsF
— Dan Rebellato (@DanRebellato) March 13, 2019
According to wiki he was in the TA and therefore only not trained to lose at weekends. https://t.co/L1OP6KldRt
— Peter Smith (@Redpeter99) March 13, 2019
— Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) March 13, 2019
Has anyone ever had training on how to lose? People obviously learn that on the job, but failure training in most professions isn't a thing. https://t.co/8GIK4PcnwP
— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) March 13, 2019
He was in the Territorial Army for six years, never promoted beyond lieutenant. That is the very definition of weekend warrior. And he's *still* banging on about it. https://t.co/o8hto6OJE8
— The Dark Knight (@CityJohn) March 13, 2019
You were in the Territorial Army, that's just, to quote Who Dares Wins, 'running around Epping Forest with twigs in your hat'. https://t.co/NVN96eIXhd
— Justin Lewis's When Is Births (@WhenIsBirths) March 13, 2019
Is that relevant, I mean I had a paper round and they didn't train me to lose either
— Rolphsterfer (@rolphey) March 13, 2019
OMG here it is. Thank you! https://t.co/yzXdcloXOH
— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) March 13, 2019
The very funny @mutablejoe had a general question about Mark Francois.
Why is Mark Francois always on television and not where he should be, offering unsolicited advice to people using fruit machines.
— joe (@mutablejoe) March 13, 2019
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