Friday 4 November 2016 by Neil Tollfree

No one sure if ‘openly gay ex-Olympic fencer’ is compliment or not


man confused by daily mail

A recent Daily Mail report on the Judges who ruled on the legalities of triggering Article 50 has provoked considerable confusion amongst readers.

The newspaper referred to one of the Judges as an ‘openly gay ex-Olympic fencer’, a description that many people have taken as reasonably pleasant, however, the intention seems to have been to insult the man.

“So, what, they like him?” Asked baffled Daily Mail reader Simon Williams.

“Because I’m pretty sure that as a Daily Mail reader, I should be condemning these people as enemies of the people, or traitors for the ages, or puppets, or as a hive of scum and villainy.

“Something bad, anyway. But the way the Mail describes this guy makes him sound bloody brilliant.

“To be honest, I’m starting come round to the idea of Parliament being able to vote on the triggering of Article 50.”

The confusion has been so widespread that the Daily Mail was forced to issue a clarification.

“We at the Daily Mail would like to clarify that ‘openly gay ex-Olympic fencer’ was meant as a slur on the Judge’s character.

“We would also like to make it clear that we are still appalling.”

I think, therefore I am (not a Daily Mail reader)

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