A small section of the internet today became the focal point for all of the irony in the known universe.
The musings of a George Dale Wilkinson in the comments section of a New Statesman article written by our very own Mehdi Hasan practically imploded under an unquantifiable tonnage of grade A ignorance.
Underneath the article - entitled "Five questions for anyone who says “it's not racist to talk about immigration” and also posted on the HuffPost- Mr Wilkinson wrote...
"This is ridiculous from Medhi "Trotsky" Hassan, I moved to Spain ten years ago because I could not deal with the Open Doors that Blair opened to Immigration, I now would have a comfortable life here in Spain were it not for the often disruptive Spanish deliberately acting as if they cannot speak English when it has been taught in schools here since the 1940s, I have worked hard all my life to spend a retirement here and sometimes look back at the UK and wonder what has happened, if we are not careful we will let the (German born) Ed Miliband in through the back door, this will be a disaster for the country, I am glad I got out when I could, we need a real Tory government not the almost-Socialist shambles that is Cameron in bed with the Lib Dems, wake up!"
No we did not make this up. Here's a screenshot...
The Spanish! How dare they speak their own language in their own country! Don't they know they could be conversing with such fine specimens of international cooperation like Mr Wilkinson himself!
Obviously people are mostly astonished and almost impressed such is the level of irony contained within the comment.
"I now would have a comfortable life here in Spain were it not for the
often disruptive Spanish deliberately acting as if they cannot speak
That is the best comment I have ever read in my life.
Surely it can't be real? Commentators commenting on the comment stood back in disbelief.
This must be a parody.
That's exactly what I was thinking. Either this is a joke or the irony of moaning about immigration whilst living in Spain expecting the locals to speak your language has gone over his head....
This is a master troll at work. Well played.
@DAaronovitch I wondered if that NS comment was parody, but my wife (raised in Mallorca among UK expats) says it sounds horribly plausible.— Alan Beattie (@alanbeattie) November 10, 2014
Even George W.Bush's former speech writer got involved...