Nick Ferrari is a vicious, petty piece-of-work, he really is

April 30, 2018

by Martin Odoni

What a pointlessly horrible individual Nick Ferrari can be sometimes. He wanted to interview Diane Abbott this morning on his LBC Radio show about the resignation as Home Secretary of Amber Rudd. As the programme wore on, Ferrari expressed growing frustration that Abbott appeared to be giving interviews to every other news outlet except him.

Seldom slow to be vindictive when feeling slighted, Ferrari retaliated at the end of the programme by doing something genuinely cruel, unfair, and utterly vindictive. Now, Ferrari was the interviewer interrogating Abbott during the General Election campaign almost exactly a year ago, when she had the notorious ‘brain-freeze’ moment while discussing police funding. As an obvious two-fingered salute to her, Ferrari ended today’s show by playing a recording of that interview to mock her.

nick ferrari mocks diane abbot for her illness

Ferrari’s conduct is childish and cruel, and betrays a really ugly nature that lurks not far below the dignified surface.

Anyone smirking about that little stab should be ashamed, as should Ferrari himself. There is a detail about it that many people, especially smug, jeering, right-wing journalists like Ferrari, keep omitting to mention; Abbott was very ill at the time. (As James O’Brien, speaking on the very next programme on LBC this morning noted, the signs are that she probably still is.) To be precise, she was suffering from diabetic withdrawal this time last year, and it became so bad that she had to drop out of the last couple of weeks of campaigning.

The amount of vicious abuse Abbott receives on a daily basis is an abhorrent indictment of the dark side of this country, in terms of both racism and misogyny. But her diabetic illness has added another ugly dimension to it over the last year. It seems the symptoms of an almost-crippling condition are also considered fair game for mockery and cruel taunts when the sufferer is a left-wing Member of Parliament. (Once again, we can expect her colleagues on the right of the Labour Party to offer her no sympathy, even as they pretend to be concerned about anti-Semitism.)

What on Earth is wrong with modern Britain, that these sorts of malicious behaviours are not only becoming increasingly commonplace, but are even rewarded with a regular show in the media? To mock anyone for symptoms of an illness is frankly as infantile and ignorant as it is spiteful and Medieval. It is difficult, indeed, to distinguish Ferrari’s behaviour from Donald Trump’s at that horrifying moment in 2015 when he mocked a disabled reporter during the Republican Primaries for the US Presidential Election. Trump was widely and rightly castigated for such appalling cruelty – although it is a tragic reflection on the modern USA that it was not enough to stop him becoming President – and so Britain should now do the same to Ferrari. It would hardly be before time; given his ‘othering’ attitude towards asylum seekers and Muslims, Ferrari’s resemblance to Trump is a lot stronger than he would probably like to admit.

5 Responses to “Nick Ferrari is a vicious, petty piece-of-work, he really is”

  1. Florence Says:

    UK society has actually regressed, and sickness or disability now is just fair game. If you want to see it, just borrow a wheel chair and go and try and do some shopping in a supermarket. It’s not hard, but you might be shocked at the sheer hatred that people feel SAFE expressing. That’s the sign of really successful propaganda, that has the disabled expected to COMPETE with the rest of society and if you cant keep up, then you’re fair game for vilification. Invisible illnesses are taunted as “fraud”, and Diane’s diabetes is a classic. Crohns, depression, heart failure, all now treated as laziness and/ or fraud. If you can move your arms and legs, then you’re fit for work. On some occasions being out alone in a wheel chair it feels like you’ve been transported back, and you’re in the stocks in the village green for open abuse. This is actually the very same “hostile environment” instigated by the Home office.

  2. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  3. Terry Norman Says:

    She also receives really nasty comments in the Daily Mirror comments sections from Tory trolls and Ferrari is a total pig

  4. donotwash Says:

    Irony alert: Ah yes, but Diane Abbott is fat and black, hence fair game to a right-on British white man.


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