This week saw an extraordinary attack on the British judiciary. A day after three British High Court judges ruled that a parliamentary vote was required to begin the process of Britain leaving the European Union, they were labelled “enemies of the people” by The Daily Mail.
This once pro-Hitler rag has a long tradition of anti-EU, anti-immigration scare mongering neo-nationalism. In fact, it’s one of a quartet of newspapers (the others being The Sun, the Daily Express and The Telegraph) which has helped the UK earn the dubious accolade of having Europe’s most right-wing press. Headlines labelling one of the High Court judges an “openly gay ex-Olympic fencer” goes a long way to show level they stoop to.
Thankfully, Twitter got to “fixing” the front page of The Daily Mail.
Don't worry guys, I've corrected the Daily Mail's front page pic.twitter.com/Y29314xaEd
— Bradley Tubb (@BradTubb) November 4, 2016
— The DM Reporter (@DMReporter) November 3, 2016
— Shlomo Anker (@Hapoel4) November 4, 2016
Others felt it appropriate to suggest better uses for “Enemies of the People”
People who leave the toilet seat up #enemiesofthepeople
— david sharp (@davidsharp27) November 4, 2016
People who don't put empty airport security trays back in the empty pile #enemiesofthepeople
— John MacAskill (@John_G_MacA) November 4, 2016
People who study for years acquiring knowledge and then claim to be experts #enemiesofthepeople
— Bernadette Meaden (@BernaMeaden) November 4, 2016
People who clap at the end of a film. #EnemiesOfThePeople
— Tom McLaughlin (@TheTomMac) November 4, 2016
This one I'm serious about, anyone and I mean anyone who goes into Costa/Starbucks and asks for JUST A COFFEE PLEASE #enemiesofthepeople
— Brendon Hope (@BrendonHope) November 4, 2016
Lego bricks + bare feet #enemiesofthepeople
— Thisisradiofreedom (@thisisradio3dom) November 4, 2016
Whoever left that wet spot on the grocery checkout belt. #enemiesofthepeople
— Michael? (@eightfold) November 4, 2016
People who do a big shop in a petrol station #enemiesofthepeople
— D (@vocnorth) November 4, 2016
People who blocked us naming Boaty McBoatface #enemiesofthepeople
— Gemma Luck (@missgluck) November 4, 2016
Some lawyers, legal experts, journalists and writers were also less than impressed by The Daily Mail and other bastions of journalistic integrity
"We want UK judges deciding on UK legal matters!"
– UK judges decide on UK legal matters.
"ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE!"
— Law and policy (@Law_and_policy) November 3, 2016
This is getting completely out of hand. If The Daily Mail speaks of Judges as enemies of the people, democracy is being undermined. Shame!
— Nigel Pascoe QC (@nigel_pascoe) November 3, 2016
Is the free GIANT map of Britain for use when we're hunting down the ENEMIES OF THE STATE? pic.twitter.com/ibe8FssjLL
— Robert Hutton (@RobDotHutton) November 3, 2016
"I mean, being OPENLY GAY is one thing but… WORKED WITH TONY BLAIR???" ?
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) November 3, 2016
If the worst they can say about you is you're an OPENLY GAY EX-OLYMPIC FENCER TOP JUDGE, you've basically won life. pic.twitter.com/j8tUTjODuP
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 3, 2016
"Do they look evil enough?"
"I was thinking the same."
"Try a blue filter."
"There we go." pic.twitter.com/wk1EChkTzP
— Jack Tindale (@JackTindale) November 3, 2016
— R. Daniel Kelemen (@rdanielkelemen) November 3, 2016
There we go, another roundup of the not so admirable work of the pro-Brexit press and how sensible Britons defend against it. The best 2016 has to offer.