October 29th, 2012

As You Were: Mitchell Says He Was Being an Ironic Sexist Pig

Channelling Michael Winner when being accused of sexism? It’s as if Austin Mitchell was trying to make it worse

The other A Mitchell should have used the I was only joking line…

UPDATE: Labour say:

“Austin Mitchell has made clear the tweet was a joke not a serious comment. It is not funny, understandable people find it offensive, and it is not the view of the Labour Party.”


  1. 1
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Its Labour: Its not fascism / sexism / racism or bigoted when they do it.


    • 7
      Suzanne says:

      What is Ed Millionairebland doing today?

      Oh yes, calling for the heads of those who belittle others in public.

      But as ever tribal Labour will close ranks around Mitchell – sexist Old Labour jerk.


  2. 2
    He's a bellend says:

    Austin Mitchell is still alive? Christ on a bike. He belongs to the Tony Banks era of Labour: loud and obnoxious but zero substance or intellect. Actually, come to think of it, that’s Labour now as well.


    • 22
      genghiz the kahn says:

      If he wants to tweet, let him do so without censorship. If you don’t like what the guy stands for, vote him out. If you are in favour of free expression, then don’t try to close him down because he has dissed one of Cameron’s ex A listers.


  3. 3
    Kebab Time says:

    Dont worry, am sure Ed Miliband will call for a independent judge led inquiry into this!


  4. 4
    Harridan Harmanhater says:

    If this had been a Tory tweet we would have been demanding his resignation.


  5. 5
    Bill Clinton Cards says:

    I never had sex with that woman


  6. 6
    Gordon says:

    This is all Tony’s fault.


  7. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Whereas Mensch feels Mitchell isn’t important enough to apologise on his own, she wants an apology from someone he knows who didn’t tweet, to enhance her sense of self-worth.


  8. 9

    supremely witty…cleverly ironic

    Even if by accident, that is a first for Austin.


  9. 10
    Anonymous says:

    it was blatantly a joke – I hate labour like any sane person, but it’s silly and dangerous to have a go at them for being ironic.


  10. 11
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatest umplre says:

    Slow day, Guido?

    Tell your good lady to make lunch early.


  11. 12
    Mrs. Barefoot and Pregnant says:

    Labour have enough trouble attracting the womens vote anyway with Miliband and Balls as their pin ups.

    Mitchell is the true face of Labour when it comes to attitudes towards women.

    And remember – Lady Thatcher was PM over 3 decades ago – Labour STILL have not even considered a women leader.


    • 23
      Mrs Mitchell says:


    • 27
      Harriet Harperson, you know where to find me. says:

      Scandalous. I have been in the front line of the Labour Party for some years now and I am far better looking than any other front bencher in my party.
      Why am I not leader?
      Oh go away Jack.


    • 37
      Mrs Havisham says:

      Barbara Castle was the female front runner in British politics for decades before Thatcher – in effect she paved the way for women in politics, including Thatcher.


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  13. 19
    Superman says:

    Mitchell should realise Mensch has no humour. She would need some brain cells first.


  14. 28
    get a life, frooooty says:

    Who is this Robin Brant pussy?


  15. 30
    Jimmy says:

    He was clearly making a rightie (i.e. unfunny) joke.


  16. 31
    Jay says:

    Is this The Guardian? Let’s all jump on the silly “I am so outraged!” bandwagon for a tweet that was clearly ironic. Get a life, people.


  17. 32
    I am not answerable to the intellectually crippled arsewipes at Edinburgh University says:

    Why do idiots waste their time on twitter? Is it cos they are all twats with too much time on their hands? Bunch of tossers!


  18. 33
    Jack Ketch says:

    Is Comrade Milliband’s appealling on behalf of the mentally handicapped or is he just appealing to those who are mentally handicapped?


  19. 34
    Last Quango says:

    A sexist male labour mp – I’m flabbergasted,


  20. 36
    Komodo says:

    Oh dear. I do this all the time, Austin. I forget that the recipient of my jibe lives in another dimenschion. Shouldn’t she be in NY, anyway? I’m told the weather is lovely this time of year.


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”

Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!

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