As per my essay (attached as a PDF file) I'd commented on my local rag's Facebook status about the Yeovil MP, Marcus Fysh. I called him a coward, for deleting difficult questions that his constituents posted on his Facebook page, and about his much reported blocking of those people who asked the difficult questions.
I subsequently got it right in the neck from two Tory-supporting friends of his, one of whom is a District Councillor, the other a failed District Councillor who'd resorted to the lowest rung of lower authority, the parish council.
Having done some sniffing around, motivated in part by an inner desire to put things right within my own sense of injustice, but also in part by a desire to demonstrate publicly that online political debating can prove to be a useless waste of time (at times) I discovered one or two things of interest to my cause, and I will now proceed to share them.
What follows are several of the parish councillor's comments to me which are of the most interest to this particular discussion:
"The point has everything to do with mutual respect. Regardless of whether you agree or not, you should respect others beliefs unless of course they express hate or intolerance."
"You’ve proved yourself to be intolerant of people who vote differently to you."
"I’m certainly not intolerant of those who vote Labour and don’t consider anyone inferior who thinks any different to me."
"I made it clear you should respect others unless they preach hatred or intolerance."
In relation to those vigorously protested viewpoints, here are a few tweets that this same parish councillor has sent/liked/retweeted.
Okay, so here he is discussing something Charlotte Church had said on BBC Question Time in October 2015. Not too cutting. But below it, he has quite clearly clicked "LIKE" on a tweet that describes Charlotte Church as "possibly the most stupid guest" they'd ever had. Also describing her as naive, gullible, misguided and ignorant even.
There is, I believe, a case here for arguing that Mr Parish Councillor - who stated to me that he doesn't think of anyone as inferior for thinking differently to him - thinks that Charlotte Church is inferior, for thinking differently to him. And whilst it is true that he didn't make those comments himself, he can clearly be seen agreeing with those views having LIKED the tweet in which those views were expressed.
So as you can see from the browser bar at the top of this image, the same guy has also 'LIKED' a tweet by Tory MP Claire Perry which contained a rather unprofessional and personal insult to Mark Reckless.
Endorsement of a tweet containing abuse of another MP is hardly advocating mutual respect.
It wasn't me preaching to Mr Parish Councillor the virtues of mutual respect. I didn't preach anything other than the fact that I don't like Tories and I don't want to be around anyone who votes Tory. Yet Mr Parish Councillor had taken it upon himself to lecture me about mutual respect whilst endorsing insulting and abusive tweets.
Smells like hypocrisy to me...
So I find myself considering his waffle with a great big question mark in my mind.
Again, this is from a guy who says he doesn't consider anyone else inferior for thinking differently to him. He clearly thinks that students are inferior enough to have no valid say on public sector pensions...
And finally, there's this. A retweet calling Russell Brand a "TWAT" for basically experiencing some confusion about who he should vote for. And whatever anyone thinks of Russell Brand, he isn't the only person in the UK who faced a General Election without knowing who to vote for.
In Mr Parish Councillor's eyes, that would seem to make you a TWAT. Again, hardly mutually respectful. More, I would say, abusive and unprofessional.
And again, I get that he didn't write it. That was down to some other Tory-loving cunt. But LIKING it is as good as sharing the sentiment.
But then...come on. Perhaps I should cut the guy a bit of slack. This is after all, a man who also posts things like this:
Essay: Respecting The Opinions Of Others