The Daily Mail has felt it necessary to use the editorial in today’s edition to clarify that it was not advocating a slaughter of the 48% after its front page call to “crush the saboteurs”.
The headline was branded fascist by some, such as Guardian journalist Michael White:
I try to avoid glib use of F word. But 'Crush the saboteurs' is the language of fascism. The Mail has form https://t.co/Oht4MnXWff
— MichaelWhite (@michaelwhite) April 19, 2017
While others pointed out the phrase had been used by Lenin when the Russian Constituent Assembly was dissolved in 1919:
I for one am delighted the Daily Mail is finally embracing Lenin
— Ellie Mae O'Hagan (@MissEllieMae) April 18, 2017
It was even too much for Theresa May, who said she did not view opposition parties as “saboteurs”.
The Mail has sought to calm the situation today by clarifying: “For the avoidance of doubt, neither the PM no this loving paper proposes genocide.”
From today's Daily Mail: "For the avoidance of doubt, neither the PM nor this peace-loving paper proposes genocide." Good to know pic.twitter.com/Mg1laJSvWm
— Jack Blanchard (@Jack_Blanchard_) April 20, 2017
Good to know. Scrapbook reported yesterday how May treated Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to dinner at Downing Street in October.
Perhaps May has had a word with her pal to ask him to tone down the fascism.
Just for now….