From midnight threats to sue Facebook users, to unanswered questions about secretive business dealings in tax haven countries and links to companies investigated by the US for alleged Russian money laundering...
...is our Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh all he seems to think he is..?
Hamster-faced posh-boy Marcus Fysh was elected MP for Yeovil constituency during the 2015 General Election, and again in the snap election of 2017.
In that time, he’s made a bit of a show of himself, both as a passionate voice for the Brexiteer crowd and as a bit of a gibbering idiot for pretty much everyone else.
Let’s take a look at five of his more memorable moments:
1. In 2016, Fysh was fast becoming known as an MP who not only blocked social media users for asking difficult questions and/or criticising him, but as one of the country’s worst MPs for responding to constituents correspondence. Indeed, according to the charity MySociety who run a website enabling constituents to correspond with MPs, he responded to only 13 of 112 emails sent to him. At that time, he was ranked 635th out of 642 MPs.
Yet bizarrely enough he managed to find the time at nearly 2am one night to threaten legal action against the administrator of a Facebook group for ‘allowing’ members of the group to make libelous comments about him. During a series of messages that then followed, Fysh made the libelous accusation that the administrator had incited members of the group to threaten criminal damage against him. When she called him out on this, he quickly clammed up and suggested they meet to discuss things on a more civilised level. In an odd display of defensive gibbering, Fysh began guffing on about how he didn’t have time to monitor the libelous comments of Facebook users, and how doing so distracted from being able to communicate effectively with his constituents… even though he was already FAILING TO DO THAT ANYWAY.
Fysh therefore had threatened libel action against someone (who themselves made no libelous comments), before making libelous comments of his own in the pursuit of protecting his reputation.
2. In May 2016, it was reported that Fysh was one of a number of MPs being investigated for allegedly spending more than the legal limit on constituency election campaign expenses. In May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service said that, while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns, it did not "meet the test" for further action. Shortly after this, Fysh publically claimed that the CPS decision reflected what he (and other Tories) always knew… ie, that they had done nothing wrong. Indeed, Theresa May herself spun the CPS decision basically as a finding of innocence.
This is not what the CPS decision said. Far from it. The CPS decision set out in detail that there had indeed been incorrect spending. Fysh himself had overspent by over £1000. The decision of the CPS was simply this: a) there was insufficient evidence to prove that the spending reports were knowingly inaccurate (ie, fraud) and b) in relation to the technical offence (ie, not requiring knowledge) it was not in the public interest to prosecute. What this decision says is that spending was inaccurate… reports filed about the spending were inaccurate… but there was not enough evidence outside of this to establish whether there was an intentional deception. As you may see, this is a very different picture to that which Fysh and others tried to put before the public, ie, that the CPS had found them innocent.
3. As if dodgy election spending wasn’t enough, Fysh has had his fair share of difficulties with regards to parliamentary expense. In March 2017, the Daily Telegraph reported that Fysh was one of nine MPs who had claimed Amazon Prime subscriptions on their parliamentary expenses.
In May 2017, it was reported that Fysh had the sixth highest parliamentary expenses claim IN THE COUNTRY. It was noted by The Independent that all of the top ten expenses claimants - except Fysh and Karl McCartney - were from Scotland and thus understandably had high travel expenses as they had the longest travel distances between their constituency and Westminster.
So what about you, Fysh? Why were your parliamentary expenses so high?
4. In June 2017, Fysh squandered his opportunity during PMQs to ask a question about something concerning our constituency, favouring instead the option of buttering up the Prime Minister with a question about socialism failing in Venezuela. His question was this:
"Is the Prime Minister aware of the current crisis in Venezuela? And is this an example of how an experiment in socialist revolution can go horribly wrong?"
It prompted much laughter and cheering in the House of Commons and much criticism online.
Spectator journalist and author of 2018’s Why We Get the Wrong Politicians – Isabel Hardman, made a point of highlighting the utter pointlessness of his question, to which Fysh got rather defensive. So ridiculous was his question deemed to be, that Hardman would later include a passage in her book about the episode.
His response to me personally when I criticised his wasted question and the attempt to make his colleagues laugh at a political crisis in which many people had been killed, was to tell me to keep whining:
5. Most prickish of all his prickish dealings however, is his absolute cowardice when it comes to talking about the business dealings he has in tax haven country Cyprus.
In September 2017, BBC Points West broadcast this report:
Fysh was and remains very reluctant to discuss his extremely secretive business links which themselves have connections to companies investigated by the US for alleged money laundering.
Indeed, earlier this year, Private Eye magazine reported on it as follows:
So... there you go.
Five pretty damn good reasons why Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh is a bit of a prick.