Trying very hard to avoid direct political comment, the following might be recognised by many of you, but it is posted as a general comment:
On Monday night, <a former MP> replied: “What a pathetic cretin.” The tweet drew widespread condemnation, including from <otherwise like-minded> MPs, coming on a day when Theresa May warned MPs not to use violent or offensive language as passions run high.
It is so very difficult to decide whether I am more offended by his use of the word, or by his ignorance which demonstrates he doesn't understand why it is so offensive.
Many of the words used in my youth were deeply unpleasant and offensive but have since been recognised for what they are. This word should also be removed from use as a jibe.