Neil Coyle hit out at ‘sh*tbag racist w*nkers’ and ‘fat old racist’ Brexiteers in foul mouthed Twitter rant over the Proms music row.
In a series of now-deleted tweets, the Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP waded into the debate over whether Rule, Britannia! should feature on the Last Night of the Proms on the BBC.
In a comment posted above a video of Nigel Farage singing along, Coyle commented that he had only known ‘sh*tlickers’ to like the song.
He then took aim at ‘fat old racists’ and ‘sh*tbag w*nkers’ in a reply to a tweet from Jacob Rees-Mogg that said that ‘Britons must never be enslaved by political correctness’.
Rule, Britannia! has been the subject of numerous debates over the years about Britain’s attitude to its imperial past, with its ‘jingoistic’ tone the focus of much criticism.
The debate over this year’s Proms had particular resonance in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and subsequent re-evaluation of landmarks with slavery links.
The BBC has decided to broadcast an instrumental version of the song which includes the line: ‘Britons never, never, never shall be slaves’.
Land of Hope and Glory’s references to the ‘might’ of the British Empire have also led to calls for the song to be rewritten or removed altogether over the years. The song will also be performed without lyrics at this year’s Proms finale.
Boris Johnson had reacted to the BBC’s decision by criticising ‘cringing national embarrassment about our history’.
Coyle’s tweets, posted late on Tuesday night, have now been removed.
Last September, after surviving a deselection threat, he promised to clean up his Twitter feed after gaining a reputation for turning the air blue.
“Some of my members have raised it with me, often they agree with me, but say I just don’t need to be that crude,” he had admitted to the News.
“One said ‘I don’t want to see that done effectively in my name’, and I have taken that on board.
“I will be toning down the language but never the passion.”
Not long after he became embroiled in a nasty argument with Piers Morgan over murdered MP Jo Cox’s memory, in which he branded the Good Morning Britain presenter a ‘scrote’. Coyle had also previously called the Prime Minister a ‘d**k’ on live television.
Today, in a short statement to the News, Coyle was less contrite, arguing: “I know people want a candid, honest speaking representative.
“People know the tweets are my own and there is no filter.
“If anyone is offended they can unfollow, that’s how Twitter works.”