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Chris Packham Called 'Nutjob' Tweet By Hunting Suppliers, Retweeted By MP Nicholas Soames

The Springwatch presenter described his battle with depression last month.

13/05/2016 11:18 | Updated 13 May 2016

Chris Packham has been called a 'self-confessed nutjob' in a tweet retweeted by Tory MP Nicholas Soames.

Packham is a vocal critic of grouse shooting and has pushed for conservation charities to take action on hunting for sport.

Last month the Springwatch presenter bravely described his battle with depression which has twice left him on the brink of taking his own life.

 

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Chris Packham at a Hen Harrier Day protest in the Goyt Valley, Peak District, Derbyshire.

He also revealed he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in his 20s.

Despite the offensive nature of the tweet from Hunting Solutions - suppliers of pigeon shooting and deer stalking equipment - Soames retweeted it.

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Packham, 55, said: "It’s very disappointing to see such comments retweeted by an MP.

"People with Aspergers are not ‘nut jobs’ they are simply different. 

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Sir Nicholas Soames

"And if associated depression qualifies them for such categorisation then I hope he manages to engage with some of the important messages from Mental Health Week."

He said: "I have been severely depressed, yes. I nearly killed myself twice."

Speaking about one episode in 2003 he said he "didn’t have enough drugs to be sure it would work. I wouldn’t want to make a bad job of suicide".

He added: "Selfishness would only be apparent if you could be conscious of your actions’ effect on others. But there are no fucking others, they are not there.

"There is nothing there … but you and a fucking great, hopeless vacuum."

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