Room 101

If mob hounded Har­riet, Left would be scream­ing THIS WEEK?

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IMAG­INE if Har­riet Har­man was out for Sun­day lunch with her hus­band and chil­dren when a snarling, chant­ing mob of bizarrely­dressed strangers sud­denly jumped on her car.

Imag­ine if two of her young, school-aged chil­dren were so spooked by the ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence they later ran away to hide.

We quite sim­ply – and quite rightly – would not have heard the end of it.

You don’t have to be a fan of the Labour deputy leader to un­der­stand that the very idea of some­one ter­ror­is­ing her and her fam­ily purely on the grounds of her pol­i­tics would be ab­so­lutely abom­inable.

Had it hap­pened, leftie pa­per The Guardian would quite lit­er­ally have had to stop the press in or­der to cram in yet more sto­ries about louts and fruit­cakes threat­en­ing our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

It would de­mand in­quiries into her se­cu­rity de­tail, raise ques­tions in the Com­mons, and call at the very least for a high pro­file po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions Amnesty In­ter­na­tional and Lib­erty would be strug­gling to squeeze past each other into the doors of the BBC and Chan­nel 4.

The likes of Evan Davies or Jon Snow would await them with un­der­stand­ing frowns and no small amount of pub­licly-funded sym­pa­thy.

Now try to imag­ine that it was not Har­riet Har­man and her fam­ily in that car, but you and yours.

Pic­ture your imag­i­nary 15 and 10-year-old daugh­ters stricken by fear as a bunch of an­gry weirdos jos­tle and shove the ve­hi­cle while scream­ing ob­scen­i­ties in your faces.

Then imag­ine that ba­sic parental, gut­tural fear when the girls later run away to hide – al­beit tem­po­rar­ily – be­cause they were so af­fected by the attack. Hor­ri­ble, isn’t it? Yet when the very same thing hap­pened to UKIP boss Nigel Farage on Sun­day af­ter­noon, it was re­ported in much the same man­ner as a failed raid on a jew­ellery store or mi­nor car crash.

The sub­se­quent ar­ti­cles might as well have been headed: “Some­thing hap­pened some­where – not many dead.”

The ri­cepa­per-thin ex­cuse given by mob or­gan­iser Dan Glass for ter­ror­is­ing those poor kids was that his out­ra­geous demon­stra­tion was a “cel­e­bra­tion of di­ver­sity”.

He and his merry band of halfwits were preach­ing tol­er­ance, ap­par­ently – in the most in­tol­er­ant way pos­si­ble.

And Glass got a tacit slap on the back from the BBC when he was given chunks of air­time the next day to ex­plain his ac­tions.

If it HAD been Har­riet Har­man and her fam­ily at the re­ceiv­ing end of this cal­lous mob­bing, Glass wouldn’t have been speak­ing to the Beeb, but to the Plod.

That he isn’t is be­cause he’s left wing – and so ticks all the boxes that Those Peo­ple who dan­ger­ously in­fect all lev­els of public life ap­prove.

Like the spoilt, fat kid in the play­ground, the Left sim­ply HAS to be al­ways, al­ways right.

Even when it’s so very ob­vi­ously and quite clearly in the wrong.

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