The actions of a contestant on ITV’s Love Island have led to a leading domestic abuse charity to issue concerns about a form of emotional abuse called “gaslighting”, the act of lighting one’s own fart with a naked flame.
But this form of emotional abuse isn’t confined to reality TV. Speaking to Berkshire Voice Radio this morning, Labour MP Cynthia Winder has also voiced concerns about gaslighting in the Labour Party.
She said: “when I first attended the House of Commons I was talking to two other Labour MPs about Brexit, prior to the opening debate, and unbeknownst to me, another Labour MP was standing behind me with his arse close to the back my head, ready to set light to an oncoming fart.
“I wondered why my two Right Honourable friends I was speaking to were smirking. Anyway, the fart came and I could feel the heat of the flame on the back of my head. I’d only had my hair done the day before. I was horrified. So to was my Right Honourable friend who farted, because he pushed too hard for his own good, if you see what I mean?
“MPs from other parties were there too, but they just ignored what was going on, used to the shenanigans that Labour MPs get up to. I’ve also since learned that Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn gaslight with each other all the time. Not really something you want to think about.”