David Lammy gets steamed up about black smoke
David Lammy, the once high-rising Labour MP, dropped a resounding clanger on Twitter when he saw that a BBC journalist had tweeted from Rome: “Will smoke be black or white?” Showing a gap in his knowledge of European history, he responded angrily: “This tweet from the BBC is crass and unnecessary. Do we really need silly innuendo about the race of the next Pope?”
Lammy, who has apologised, after having the significance of the colour of the smoke explained to him, can draw one grain of comfort from his embarrassment: he has vastly increased his Twitter following. However, quite a few of his new followers will be watching to see if he does any more daft posts.
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