David Lammy gives history to lesson to Brexiteer who reported him to police over tweet

Lowenna Waters
Tuesday 27 August 2019 09:30
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David Lammy has given a man a history lesson after he threatened to report him for supporting 'civil disobedience', and it's brilliant.

The tweet came in response to Lammy sharing a Guardian article, outlining how Boris Johnson had been seeking legal advice on a potential five-week closure of parliament ahead of Brexit.

In the tweet, he wrote:

This constitutional outrage will spark civil disobedience and I for one will actively participate.

In response to the tweet, another Twitter user, @SamuelJJack, said:

So I've reported @DavidLammy to the @MetPoliceUK for this tweet. 

He is inciting violence.

The crime reference number is:

ROC-11244-19-0101-IR

However, Lammy was having none of it, and he quickly shut down the troll. In a brilliant riposte, he wrote:

Mr Jack please don’t be a muppet open a history book or if reading is a challenge google it. Civil disobedience has a long non violent tradition. Eg Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of India’s independence movement Gandhi and civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King.

Ouch, Mr Jack, do you need some ice for that burn?

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Lammy's response sparked a heated debate online.

Prime minister Johnson has asked Geoffrey Cox, attorney general, whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from September 9, in what appears to be a plan to stop MPs forcing a further extension to Brexit, reports the Guardian.

The information was leaked via a memo, sent from senior government advisers to an adviser in number 10, which makes clear the prime minister has requested legal advice on a possible prorogation of parliament.

In a statement about the leaked memo, prominent Remainer and attorney general Dominic Grieve, said:

This memo, if correct, shows Boris Johnson’s contempt for the House of Commons.

It may be possible to circumvent the clear intention of the House of Commons in this way but it shows total bad faith.

Excluding the house from a national crisis that threatens the future of our country is entirely wrong.

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