After David Cameron came to Croydon and forgot which football team he had been briefed to say he supports, you might have thought that Gavin Barwell, desperately hanging on for his political career as MP for Croydon Central, would have learned the lesson: don’t try to do football, you’ll only get it wrong.
But Barwell’s bogusness caught him out once more.
In a gaffe-filled campaign over the last year, gaffe-prone Gav managed to score the own goal to end all own goals on the eve of the election when he tweeted that he had “worked with thousands of fans” to save Crystal Palace football club from administration in 2010.
He even went out of his way, to Selhurst Park which is outside his Croydon Central constituency, for a selfie to go with his latest bogus claim on social media.
Eagles fans seized upon Barwell’s latest dropped bollock with a mixture of indignation, derision and outright abuse.
The fans are particularly put-out, since the 2010 campaign to save the club was profoundly fan-based. And Barwell’s contribution was that he managed to write a letter – just the one – which he sent to the Chancellor.
The ill-judged tweet from the Sanderstead resident – he claims to be a Liverpool fan (Shankly would disown him) – drew a string of abuse on Eagles bulletin boards, and this succinct comment from one of his erstwhile constituents: “If he can lie about something like that, then what else is he telling lies about?”
We reproduce below a sample of the comments about Barwell and Croydon Tories posted by real football fans on the bulletin board yesterday:
“What a prick”
“What did you actually do to ‘achieve’ this then Gavin? Prove it!”
“This seems to have back-fired on him somewhat, reading the comments. It’s his Gillian Duffy moment.”
“Barwell is a complete penis. If he was there that day (he wasn’t) then I might have taken the opportunity to clump him that I couldn’t take outside my mum’s house a few years previously. First rate digit.”
“My heartfelt apologies to the gerbil-faced, lying Tory twat, Barwell. It was Phil Thomas who I nearly had a ruck with outside my mum’s house.” [The Editor writes: how entirely out of character for Councillor Thomas]
“Surprise, surprise, another Tory liar. What a little wanker”
“You do realise that you’re all giving the tosser some credibility and a lot of free publicity, don’t you? Just let it go FFS.”
“No, we’re calling him out in a public online space for being a lying, crawling little ****.”
Imagine if every Palace fan in Croydon Central voted Labour today. In a marginal constituency that is tighter than a gnat’s bottom, it could even cost Barwell his seat.
All together now with Barwell’s Tory Anfield anthem: “And one will never walk on one’s own…”
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