Mitchell: People everywhere decry rape of rainforests

Veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell sought to calm the row brewing over his tweet likening Pfizer to "rapists" by posting on Twitter:

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Naughty me.Substute rapaciousness before any more Physer defenders weigh in.

Mr Mitchell also compared his earlier comments to those made by "people everywhere" who "decry the rape of [the] rainforest".

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OED people everywhere decry the rape of rainforest: destruction, violation,vandalizing, ravaging, pillaging; plundering raiding desecration

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Labour MP reprimanded over Pfizer 'rapists' tweet

A veteran Labour MP has been reprimanded over an "unacceptable" remark likening US drug giant Pfizer to "rapists" over its bid to take over British rival AstraZeneca.