Carol Vorderman under fire as fuming RAF bosses consider action over Twitter rants

Carol Vorderman under fire as fuming RAF bosses consider action over Twitter rants

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 25/10/2023

- 09:02

Updated: 25/10/2023

- 09:57

The former Countdown star is an honorary Group Captain with the Royal Air Force

Carol Vorderman reportedly left RAF bosses scrambling as to whether to publicly discipline the 62-year-old over her social media rants.

Vorderman, who used to include her honorary title in her Twitter bio and still has "pilot" on her Instagram page, is no stranger to unleashing blistering attacks on the government - from personal jibes to moans over policy.

For example, earlier this year after prime minister Rishi Sunak announced plans to scrap a number of climate policies, Vorderman took to the site now known as X to tweet: "Rishi Sunak lies.

"New flying tax doesn't exist. Compulsory car sharing doesn't exist. Mandatory insulation upgrade doesn't exist."

"Mind you, a recycling bin each for Dozy, Nasty, Dodgy, Greedy, Shouty and Bully at GE is a grand idea."

She similarly took aim at Leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt after she shared hopes for a new National Service, with Vorderman posting: "'Bring Back National Service' cries Penny Mordaunt. What a pile of utter nonsense.

Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman is an honorary group captain with the RAF


Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman is facing criticism


"She also spouts that Tories alone believe in personal responsibility and looking after others. WOW! Current Tories care only about themselves and their snouts in the troughs of power and money. FACT."

And arguably her most prominent online feud of the year stems from her ongoing row with MP Johnny Mercer and his wife, Felicity Cornelius-Mercer.

After sharing a string of personal attacks at the MP, his wife began to hit back online, prompting Vorderman to claim she'd been "harrassed" by Cornelius-Mercer.

"I've been harassed by Johnny Mercer's wife for months," Vorderman said alongside a screenshot of one of the tweets. "This is from just one day in April + much more abuse elsewhere. I didn't respond at all. Until he mocked military using foodbanks. She's paid c£45k on MP expenses (+200% pay rise) to do this?" (sic)

Cornelius-Mercer defended herself by saying she had been tagging Vorderman in abusive tweets sent to her husband to show how she had stoked "awful traffic" by imploring "followers to target MPs".

As a result of her outbursts, Vorderman garnered the attention of RAF bosses who, in internal emails seen by The Sun, debated "hanging her out to dry".

Cornelius-Mercer even challenged the Chief of the Air Staff, Chief Air Marshal Sir Richard Knighton, about Vorderman’s tweets and whether they were "fitting conduct for an RAF honorary Group Captain".

In one of the emails among RAF top brass, one person wrote: "I feel that making a form comment or commitment either way would be a disaster as it’s a bit of a no-win story.

Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman often takes aim at the government on Twitter


"Hanging her out to dry wouldn’t look good, but by the same token we can’t support what she is saying as we need to remain politically neutral."

Another pondered the possibilities as it read: "There is no audit trail that I'm aware of. Subjecting her to the bounds and restraints of ACP20 [code of conduct] may be problematic."

And another email appeared to make the air force's stance clear as they eventually surmised: "Political views of any of our personnel, whether volunteer or regular, are a private life matter and not a matter for the service."

The RAF has denied that Vorderman has ever faced any official disciplinary process, according to The Sun.

GB News has contacted the RAF for comment regarding the reports.

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