Crawley MP Henry Smith has found himself at the centre of attention after referring to Vladimir Putin as a “tosser”.
Henry admitted that he “lost his rag” after one of the Russian president’s aides was reported to have dismissed the UK as “just a small island” that no one pays attention to.Henry made the comment on his Twitter feed this morning (Friday September 6) and has since been interviewed by the BBC World Service and Sky News to explain his thinking.
Henry told the Observer: “The 140 character restriction on Twitter does mean you use language that’s more colloquial than you would use in other forums such as Parliament.”
He added that he had been “frustrated” at Mr Putin’s support for Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria and his “abuse of human rights”.
He said: “Given his comments insulting this country, I guess I kind of lost my rag.
“All the times I Tweet things and put things on Facebook and get no comeback, then I do something without planning and this happens – that’s the power of social media!”
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