Last week, Denis McShane MP made the following remark in the House of Commons regarding Gary McKinnon's diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome in 2008 -
"I was slightly alarmed when I heard that the gentleman—who is not mentioned in the motion but about whom we are talking and the Daily Mail is campaigning—was diagnosed with his distressing condition only last year. One gets a slight hint of the famous Ernest Saunders defence: he said that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s to get off a criminal prosecution, but the moment that he was out of court, he somehow skipped off and his memory came back with marvellous vigour."
MaShane's own academic, er, achievements, such as they are, don't seem to include either neurology or psychiatry. It is unknown whether he has any experience of the difficulties some sufferers of neurological or psychiatric illnesses face trying to get the people around them to acknowledge that the sufferer has a problem - let me merely say that some people take a lot of convincing about the Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome. And they deserved the benefit of the doubt regarding their personal goodwill; MacShane does not.
To see a cheap hack of no consequence like MacShane question a vulnerable man's vulnerability, presumably for political ends, is disgusting. It is the sort of thing that scum would do, and leads the reader to question whether MacShane is, in fact, just common scum.