But in Britain this week a few Labour Party candidates stood out among their peers, making it obvious that having an IQ at all is optional to be a Labour Party candidate.
Jed Sullivan, the Labour candidate for Fylde, Lancashire, was scolded for quipping about gay people, women and Liverpudlians on Twitter.
Remember, this is the Labour Party which supports gay rights.
He had also joked: “Today is International Women’s Day. It was supposed to be yesterday but they took too long to get ready” and: “Just got the scouse (Liverpool English or Merseyside English) version of Cluedo (Clue). It was all of them.”
Prospective parliamentary candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd in Wales, Mary Griffiths Clarke, likened the Conservative Party to the Nazis.
Ms Griffiths Clarke, whose Twitter bio says “Animal Farm was a warning, not a roadmap”, told her followers: “The Nazis gassed their victims, this government are pushing disabled to kill themselves. It HAS to stop.”
The candidate winning the ‘least likely to have an IQ’ award is Vicky Kirby. According to the Sunday Times, Labour’s candidate for Woking, said Hitler might be the “Zionist God”, in a series of comments made on her Twitter account.
She is reported to have posted: “We invented Israel when saving them from Hitler, who now seems to be their teacher,” while another said: “I will never forget and I will make sure my kids teach their children how evil Israel is!”
She would seriously prefer the murderous, genocidal IS to the democratic state of Israel? I'm not sure this woman should be allowed out in public, let alone run as a candidate for parliament. 'Stupid beyond belief' comes to mind, but may be less than adequate a term to describe her.
A party Spokesperson told The Independent: “Vicki Kirby has been suspended as a Labour candidate. Jed Sullivan and Mary Griffiths Clark have apologised for any offence they have caused and have been reminded of their responsibilities as Labour candidates.”
Jed Sullivan deleted his Twitter account.