A Brexiteer has made the “point” that we didn’t need academics to win World War II and he’s been on the receiving end of some pointed history lessons from his fellow concerned citizens.
Facts are in increasingly short supply when it comes to Brexit-related discourse but a new low was reached when Stanley White tweeted the following:
Remoaners keep going on about academics and scientists. Well academics didn't help us on the beaches or in the trenches. That was down [sic] the Great British spirit, grit, determination and strength. Academics would be shit in the trenches. Brexit needs heroes.
It almost reads like a parody of the kind of thoughtless rhetoric we’ve become accustomed to in the last few years but unfortunately this is no work of satire.
Naturally, people were quick to point out that academics were massively helpful in defeating Hitler and winning the war.