Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Monday 2 August 2010

Watch Thou for the Mutant!

Here's a handy hint for any aspiring local politician (and Sally Bercow); if you're going to blog/twitter/post a video diary on youTube, avoid saying anything derogatory about the electorate.

It's a fair bet that the Mayor of Ellesmere Port won't be showing his face in his local Asda anytime soon - at least not after posting a video diary with the comment,
‘My usual visits to Asda would probably be later than this... mostly to avoid the mutants who go in during the day.’
In an impressive display of stable-door-bolting, Anderson explained that he was referring to a particular group of customers who had abused him on two visits to the supermarket and not to Asda customers in general, but the damage was done.

The Daily Mail obligingly found some outraged locals to express their indignation; here's one Ellesmere Port Asda shopper:
‘What an idiot. Next time I see him he’ll be getting a lung full off me. He’s not helping himself get votes for next year.’
And another:
There are a lot of kids hanging around outside the supermarket and we see a lot of drugs, but people like me just come here to do their shopping. How dare he say we are mutants?'
Meanwhile, Labour Councillors have merrily hopped on the bandwaggon:
Mr Anderson says that his comments were taken out of context, but I do not see how that could be the case. He quite clearly calls Asda shoppers mutants in the video. He shouldn’t have said it and he owes an apology to the people of the town.'
As they say, if the cap fits...


  1. Serve him right. He should have joined us and our fellow aliens in Sainsbury's.

  2. Too true, Demetrius. I can't imagine Sainsbury's customers applying false syllogisms.

  3. Great post title! Wyndham doesn't get enough respect from the arts phonies, does he?

  4. Thank you, JuliaM - always good to hear from a fellow devotee.


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