Sky News’s Political Editor, Faisal Islam, has spoken before about how he received some “incredibly nasty” messages after joining the broadcaster in the high-profile position two years.
Today appeared to be no different, but when the Manchester-born, Cambridge graduate was confronted with a bout of bigotry on Twitter, it must have been impossible not to reply.
The stylish riposte earned some well-deserved props.
The tweet, inevitably, was deleted - as was the account of ‘Tommy Holland’.
Islam joined Sky News from Channel 4 News, where he was Economics Editor, replacing long-standing Political Editor, Adam Boulton.
In an interview with The Independent, he spoke of how he had been the victim of police racial profiling following 7/7, and how social media allowed to people to hurl abusive - with some not even bothering to hide behind an anonymous handle. He said:
“I fully welcome viewers holding us to account but there’s also a lot of anger out there. It’s remarkable what people will say under their real names even on Facebook.”