WRITER IN ‘KILL BORIS’ BACKLASH

MPs rap ‘rope’ tweet

Daily Star - - NEWS - ■ by ALEXAN­DER BROWN alex.brown@dai­lystar.co.uk

AUTHOR Philip Pull­man has sparked out­rage af­ter ap­pear­ing to sug­gest the Prime Min­is­ter should be killed.

He said: “When I hear the name Boris John­son, for some rea­son the words ‘rope’ and ‘near­est lamp­post’ come to mind as well.” His rant comes just months be­fore the BBC adap­ta­tion of Pull­man’s His Dark Ma­te­ri­als is screened.

Tory MP Robert Courts said: “You al­ways know people have lost the ar­gu­ment when they re­sort to hideous lan­guage and abuse like this.”

Lib Dem MP Sarah Wol­las­ton said: “No-one should give a scrap of in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence.”

Mr Pull­man, 72, deleted his tweets and apol­o­gised.

He said: “Re­cent events have aroused my anger to the point where I tem­po­rar­ily lost my judge­ment.”

It comes as BBC bosses up­held com­plaints over Jo Brand’s “bat­tery acid” joke at Nigel Farage on Ra­dio 4, rul­ing it “went be­yond what was ap­pro­pri­ate”.

OUT­RAGE: Pull­man

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