Soccer, it has been noted, does crazy things to the British. To wit: Simon Blackburn, an apparently ear-pierced Labour politician representing the Blackpool region, was at a match recently when he pretty much accused his constituents of bestiality, committing what one of his Tory rivals calls "political suicide."
Reporteth the BBC,
The 37-year-old, who is leader of the Labour group on Blackpool Council, wrote: "Oh my actual God… the donkey-botherers are 2-0 up thanks to two of the worst refereeing decisions ever!"
He thought the jibe would only be seen by friends but his privacy settings had left his page open to anyone with access to the social networking website.
Of course, it was soon seen by everybody, possibly even these beach donkeys from Blackpool:
He apologized for the lapse in judgment, admitting, "I was alarmed to discover that what I had intended to be private comments, made in a very light-hearted way to a friend, have been made public." I don't know, though — the mere fact that he was "alarmed" that such a comment wouldn't remain private on the internet is probably a good enough reason not to vote for him again.