Every once in a while someone comes along whose levels of ignorance and stupidity cannot be ignored.
They shine like a beacon of ignorance in a sea of empathy.
Derision and disgust follow them whenever they open their mouths and make yet another, misguided at the least, or simply hateful at the most, comment.
Being verbal contortionists they can most often be found with their feet in their mouths.
No that's not a mistake.
I say mouths because they have one for each of their faces.
They are the type of people who make Prince Philip appear to be possessed with a degree of diplomacy that only a saint could attain.
Collectively a group of these individuals congregating together is called a 'tory.
You get a flock of seagulls, a murder of crows and a tory of sociopathic wankers.
The latest of these to step forward and raise the bar is Philip Davies MP.
He's the man who thinks that allowing disabled people to work for less than the minimum wage would encourage employers to hire more individuals who have special needs.
He is right in that respect, but I think the phrasing should be 'by allowing those with a disability to provide their labour at a lower rate than the able bodied we will allow unscrupulous employers to abuse a whole new pool of the countries workforce.'
He's a tad upset at the response he has received.
His reply to the gape jawed disbelief of his opinions is to say 'Left wing hysteria now dictates that you can't even repeat what people with learning disabilities tell you if it questions their shibboleths.'
Yes, of course Philip.
I'm sure that the disabled of this country have been beating down your door to tell you that they are all present and correct to be financially shafted.
Maybe his disabled colleagues in parliament would like to volunteer to do their job for less than the national minimum wage.
I wouldn't advise him to hold his breath in anticipation of them lining up to volunteer though.
If I thought that awarding him a large trophy for being an arsehole would serve to nudge him towards some enlightenment then I would pay for it out of my own rather empty pockets.
Sadly I have a sneaking suspicion that he would just drink champers from it and pay someone from the local day care centre a farthing to polish it.
On a more serious note maybe we should insist that those who represent us have to pass a psychological test before taking their seat in parliament.
A lack of empathy is a sign of a mental health problem after all and we don't want the lunatics taking over the asylum do we?
Or maybe they already have.
Certainly looks like it.