Lib Dem MEP makes light of Algerian hostage killings

UPDATE: He’s now deleted the tweet.

With multiple Britons thought to be among 35 dead at an Algerian oil refinery attacked by al-Qaeda, the president of one of the main political groupings in the European Parliament, Lib Dem MEP Graham Watson, decides to make light of the matter:

Graham Watson MEP tweet

Watson clearly could not contain his delight at David Cameron being forced to cancel his much-trailed keynote on Europe, which was shaping up to be one of the most important speeches of the prime minister’s career.

This surely has to be a runner for the most inappropriate tweet of all time.


  1. David says:

    Cut him some slack – he clearly realised it was a mistake and deleted it almost immediately. Jumping on public figures for making slightly racy jokes is the Daily Mail’s job, not yours.

  2. Stuart says:

    What an insensitive clown this man is! At a time where the families of Brits as well as many other nationalities involved in this atrocity are awaiting the outcome of a truly horrible and terrifying situation, Graham Watson stooped to a new low in trying to score political points at these poor folks and their families expense! Sickening! He should resign or be sacked!

  3. Terry Callaghan says:

    Cut him some slack? This is a ‘professional’ politician we are talking about… and he is making ‘political’ jokes about people being killed. Tell him to step down. We need a few more grown-ups in this particular playground. His party is irrelevant, his judgement isn’t.

  4. Oh, Sir Graham!

    He never yet no vileinye ne sayde
    In al his lyf, un-to no maner wight.
    He was a verray parfit gentil knight.

  5. Perhaps so pedantic as to be irrelevant, but Mr Watson is leader of the pan-european party (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party), not the parliamentary group of said party.

  6. [...] if LDs are generally less crass about it. I say generally – examples are always around, from Graham Watson’s silliness to Guy Verhofstadt comparing David Cameron to a suicide bomber in a HuffPost article. [...]

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