You may have seen David Cameron on the news today, anointing himself head of the "New Moral Army", promising a "fightback" against rioters, and praising (at 0.53) "the million people on Facebook who've signed up to support the police". The group in question was created, and is run, by this lovely chap:
That doesn't seem quite the sort of "morality" the Prime Minister should be getting behind, does it? But there are more rib-ticklers where that came from.
The funniest is probably this one:
…in which Boscott attempts to deny responsibility for the "Junglebook" post, claiming a hacked Twitter account. Fair enough, you might think. These things happen, but luckily his account appears to be under his control again, spewing out hundreds of anti-rioter tweets in recent days and gathering tens of thousands of followers.
Though oddly, rather than being about social justice or supporting the police, the profile claims to be mostly about "bad taste/offensive jokes" and "Adult Humour not 4 wimps". You might think that some would consider that description to fit the "Junglebook" line quite well, and that Boscott's denial of having posted it therefore smelt a bit fishy.
What you might think of doing then was going back through Boscott's tweets of the last few days, which are still there on the feed for anyone to see and which he doesn't appear to be denying responsibility for.
Short of material already?
Well, at least it's not just the blacks, I guess.
It's nice to see that, a bit like Michael McIntyre, he's keen to promote other young up-and-coming comics too.
And it gets more mysterious – this sidesplitter is from the same date as the "Junglebook" tweet. Boscott is presumably in sole control of his Twitter account now. So why is this sort of thing, which we're told was someone else's handiwork, still here? What possible explanation could there be? Perhaps he just doesn't know how the "Delete this tweet" button works. That must be it.
Call me over-sensitive, but I'm not sure that having this guy leading a vast army of angry cheerleaders for the Metropolitan Police is going to be all that constructive over the days ahead in healing the nation's wounds and restoring the force's battered reputation among ethnic minorities. And I'm pretty certain it's not someone the Prime Minister of the country really ought to be singling out for praise. Can anyone imagine him doing it if the exact same group with the exact same message had been run by, say, Nick Griffin?
But hey, I'm just some pinko liberal, what do I know?
EDIT (8.15pm): Boscott's Twitter profile has been hastily edited since this feature appeared, replacing his picture and the profile description. The before and after shots are below. Maybe he's finally started to work out how to try to cover his tracks after all. Just slightly too late there, fella.
(Oddly, despite now ostensibly being a page about "current affairs and things that I believe in" rather than bad-taste humour, the site still contains all the racist jokes that were there before.)
EDIT 2 (8.42pm): Boscott's clearly panicking now. Within a couple of hours of this feature appearing and starting to go viral on Twitter (over 100 RTs, and trending top 5 in London and the UK), he's locked his tweets.
Unfortunately for him he's still a step behind the pace, thanks to ever-trusty WoSland associate John X, who has helpfully saved and mirrored all the site's tweets back to July 18 for posterity. Nice try, Sean.
EDIT 3 (9.00pm): Boscott's desperate efforts at damage limitation continue – now the Facebook page itself has been locked to comments.
EDIT 4 (11.50pm): Boscott has now removed his name and Twitter address from the Facebook group's Info page, along with a line saying "Follow me on twitter for my general rants and foul jokes!"
Before and after:
It's slightly odd, as only a few hours earlier in an interview with a Canadian TV station he'd said "I will not hide behind a screen… I will put my face and my name to it and say ‘No, this is who I am and this is what I stand for and this is not acceptable'", but has spent the last several hours doing his darnedest to hide both his connection to the site and his previous comments. The mystery deepens.