OPINION: Forman & Son MD Lance Forman blames the anonymity of social media for increase in hate

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 June 2017


I believe that one of the biggest threats to our way of life is not the gap between poverty and affluence, it’s the gap between tolerance and hate.

One of the biggest threats to our way of life is not the gap between poverty and affluence, it’s the gap between tolerance and hate.

The night after the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower, our foreign secretary Boris Johnson tweeted that his prayers were with the families and victims of the fire.

The left-wing, wise-guy, LBC radio broadcaster James O’Brien then tweeted along the lines that if Boris hadn’t cut resources to the fire brigade this disaster would not have happened and Boris would not need to be praying. Having seen this I responded that it was pretty sick to make a political attack on Mr Johnson whilst he was saying a prayer for victims.

The fire did not happen because of cuts to the fire brigade. The tenants knew things weren’t right and if they had their own money to spend would have ensured their own safety. We always spend our own money more wisely than when others spend it for us.

Lower tax gives us that ability. It also drives business which creates growth and jobs and raises incomes. This is my view and if people don’t agree that’s fine. Socialists take a different view and I respectfully disagree.

But what happened after my tweet was horrendous. O’Brien tweeted, lying, saying that Mr Forman said that he thought we should cut the fire brigade and told his followers to check out my business. He then went on his radio program the following day with the same untruth. In 24 hours, I received thousands of tweets, hateful, vile and totally disrespectful of views which are no less valid than anyone else’s. The vast majority of these tweets, many bullying, were sent anonymously and it was then that

I recognised why there is so much growing hatred in the world. It’s the cowards and bullies on social media who hide behind anonymity.

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