Here's an early Christmas gift for everyone - Rod Liddle has apologised for something!
The outspoken Sun columnist took his cues from medieval times by asking how a Labour candidate knew she was transgender if she was blind.
The inevitable and justified backlash sparked that most rare of things from Liddle - the word "sorry".
Just in case we forget the Sun is a rag of a paper: This published by them from Rod Liddle on Emily Brothers. Low. pic.twitter.com/XKJbegFvml— James Hallwood (@jhallwood) December 11, 2014
The piece in today's The Sun about Emily Brothers is beyond belief. Absolutely disgusting.— mwneedham (@mwneedham_) December 12, 2014
The Sun's comments on Emily Brothers are simply unacceptable. Transphobia has no place in modern day society— Green Party LGBTIQ (@LGBTIQGreens) December 12, 2014
There's a petition calling for the Sun to apologise for Rod Liddle's nasty piece on Emily Brothers: http://t.co/hzJsEd0G3g— Wes Streeting (@wesstreeting) December 12, 2014
He said: "I wish Emily the very best and I'd definitely vote for her if I lived in Sutton and Cheam.
"I am sorry for the poor joke!"
Emily Brothers came out in an interview with Pink News this week.
Explaining the decision, she said: "In an ideal world I wouldn’t be speaking out about my past because it’s very private; however I recognise that as a politician the key thing is trust."
Despite the obvious difficulty of making such a move, Liddle felt the need to display a complete lack of knowledge on the subject by making the unwarranted remark in his column.
He wrote: "She’ll be standing at the next election in the constituency of Sutton and Cheam. Thing is though, being blind, how did she know she was the wrong sex?"
The Sun's head of PR spent the morning on damage limitation.
Brothers told the Independent: "Personally I am ok and not distressed by his ridiculous comments.
"My position is that I think it’s a cheap comment that doesn’t surprise me coming from The Sun.
"But my concern is how other transgender people feel about these comments, particularly those who are going through the transitioning process and are fearful of other people’s reactions, and fearful of being ridiculed."