Michael Fabricant MP Gives Textbook Lesson On How To Give A Crappy Apology After Yasmin Alibhai-Brown 'Punch' Tweet

Michael Fabricant MP for Lichfield, speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.
Michael Fabricant MP for Lichfield, speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.
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Tory MP Michael Fabricant has faced a furious backlash after he boasted he would like to punch a prominent female Muslim "in the throat".

The spat, which took place on Twitter for whole world to see, came after Alibhai-Brown went head-to-head on Channel 4 News with author Rod Liddle.

The row started on Channel 4 as Liddle promoted his new book

Fabricant, who has his profile picture on Twitter as ice skater Jimmy MacElroy from Blades Of Glory, then chipped in:

What then played out was a textbook example of how to give a really crappy apology:

First, Fabricant took to Twitter to issue a bizarre pseudo-apology by saying he was "just out of dentist" and would never threaten violence against anyone.

Then he tweeted Alibhai-Brown directly, including some cringe-inducing kisses:

Then he apologised again...

The he made sure to mention his trip to the dentist again, and that as a result he would not be taking calls from the media:

Then he tweeted this:

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Alibhai-Brown appeared to reject the MP's series of apologies:

Many on Twitter reacted with outrage to the MP's comments, particularly as he also retweeted someone who called for Alibhai-Brown to be deported.

Many commented on the MP's lengthy and convoluted apology:

The comments by the MP for Lichfield and self-titled "cool guy" sit in stark contrast to those of his leader, David Cameron, who expressed his concern about violence for women on this website.

"Violence against women is an iceberg under the surface of society. Every day millions around the world live in fear," he wrote on The Huffington Post.

"It is despicable that in the 21st century so many medieval practices and attitudes remain.

"And it is appalling that time and again, this is shoved under the carpet. People turn a blind eye and a culture of shame and secrecy is perpetuated.

"That's why ending violence against women and girls is a priority for this government. We are challenging the behind-closed-doors mentality and shining a light under the rocks to root out violence and intimidation where it's happening - at home and abroad."

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