The Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts just compared gay MP Wes Streeting to ‘a ladies hairdresser’

The Mail diarist isn't bothered about disguising his homophobia


The Daily Mail’s political diarist is really phoning it in these days, not even bothering to disguise his homophobia and class prejudice.

In today’s paper, political diarist Quentin Letts writes about the urgent question on George Osborne’s appointment as editor of the Evening Standard. And a fairly banal little diary it was — heavy on words and light on humour — until, towards the end, he pulled out a bizarre homophobic jibe at Labour’s Wes Streeting.

“Wes Streeting (Lab, Ilford N), wet as celery, said Mr Osborne had ‘no qualifications’ to be an editor. I often wonder if little Wes trained as a ladies’ hairdresser before entering Parliament.”

Streeting has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights and is one of a record number of openly-gay MPs. He previously worked with Stonewall, on a campaign to tackle homophobia in schools.

Perhaps someone could roll out a similar effort at the Daily Mail. 

5 Responses to “The Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts just compared gay MP Wes Streeting to ‘a ladies hairdresser’”

  1. Martyn Wood-Bevan

    My worry is that he, along with Angela Eagle and Ben Bradshaw are doing LGBT people no favours in their permanently disregarding the will of 375,000 Labour Party members by making their party less likely to win the next General Election, many of whom will also be gay and moderate socialists.

  2. Tony

    I can remember Letts appearing on Channel 5 News a number of years ago when Kirsty Young presented it.

    He said that Tony Blair must give in to public concerns about asylum seekers. I am pleased to say that he was angrily challenged by Rory Bremner on this who said “Oh, so it doesn’t matter what the facts are then!”

  3. Brian

    I love this term “Media Watch” that you’ve coined. Sounds slightly sinister, Orwellian, and patronizingly paternalistic -We Know What’s Best For You Little People. Much like socialism itself, really.

  4. Glesga

    We need an impartial left liberal adjudication team we can call to clear any comments we wish to make.

  5. Will

    My guess is that he was bullied by his father and is now in denial.

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