It’s only Monday but it would be hard to beat SMOG as the campaign word of the week.
It comes from Keeping Stock and it stands for Social Media Own Goal.
One of the basic rape-myths that help uphold a culture where sexual assault is endemic is that sometimes consent doesn’t matter. If you ever say that some people’s violation doesn’t matter – if you ever set some people up as unrapeable – then you, or in this case the Labour Party, are upholding that rape myth.
Rape is rape. It’s a crime. It’s never funny.
The game is called Let’s Not.
Any political party which wants to be taken seriously should have enough sense to think “let’s not make jokes about rape”.
If Heather Simpson was still there she’d be saying “Let’s not have any more SMOGs.”
This isn’t the first SMOG Labour has made in the last few weeks but it’s definitely the worst.