Don’t use the Brussels attacks as an excuse to talk about Brexit
…And someone did
This morning Brussels was rocked by explosions at an airport and a metro station, with multiple causalities reported at both locations.
Belgian media reported that as many as 13 people were killed at the airport, with 35 injured, and 10 killed at the metro station. These tolls have yet to be confirmed by police.
It is certainly not the perfect time to talk about Brexit and the EU debate.
Brussels, de facto capital of the EU, is also the jihadist capital of Europe. And the Remainers dare to say we're safer in the EU! #Brexit
— Allison Pearson (@allisonpearson) March 22, 2016
Though Allison Pearson persevered. The columnist and chief interviewer at the Daily Telegraph saw this morning’s attacks as an opportunity for political point scoring.
She received support from Nigel Farage.
When Brits say thing like that it makes it easier to understand why Europeans find it hard to take us seriously sometimes.
Allison hasn’t tweeted since she dropped her Brexit bombshell, but you do wonder what form her apology is going to take, given the scale of the outrage she’s managed to generate.
What are your predictions for this @allisonpearson tweet?
— hrtbps (@hrtbps) March 22, 2016
Farage aside, many people were seriously unimpressed with the tweet:
@allisonpearson you're going to make this about brexit?? Really? How classy of you
— Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) March 22, 2016
@allisonpearson people are actually still bleeding at the scene and you're scoring cheap political points? What is wrong with you??
— Rob (@Gatz77) March 22, 2016
Everyone is obviously entitled to their opinion, but in situations like this timing takes on even more importance than it usually does.