I don't know Rod Humphris at all, but I'd like to buy him a drink. The pub landlord's explosive encounter with the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, has made my week. When Starmer turned up at The Raven pub, in Bath, he was accosted by a mop-haired man in a pair of very creased trousers. This, it transpired, was Humphris.
As a lifelong Labour voter, he was incandescent about Starmer's support for the coronavirus measures. Lockdowns haven't worked, Humphris said, and yet they've caused thousands of deaths.
Footage of the encounter shows Humphris being manhandled, within his own premises, by one of Starmer's beefy security men, as he demanded Starmer leave the pub. The QC slunk out, looking pink-faced and peeved.
No doubt he'd been hoping to pull a chummy pint for the cameras. Instead he was rightly challenged for failing to perform the most basic task of Opposition: holding the government to account on lockdown.
No matter what restrictions the inept, authoritarian Tory government has imposed, Starmer always seems to want them to be faster, harder or more extensive. At no point have I seen him question whether lockdowns actually work.
This is remarkable, given that mass quarantine of the healthy is a completely unprecedented experiment, in contravention of years of official pandemic policy, with untold consequences for people's lives and livelihoods.
Wouldn't a question or two from m'learned friend be in order?
Humphris said that he was bitterly disappointed that the leader of the Labour Party has not stood up for the young, the old, the poor and the vulnerable during the crisis.
"These are the people who have been hurt by lockdown," he said. "Labour, if it has any value, should be speaking up for them. Starmer simply hasn't. He has not been willing to challenge the narrative.
Many elderly people have died of Covid instead of dying of something else. That doesn't mean their deaths don't matter. But my point is that the deaths from cancer, poverty and alcoholism matter too."
Exactly. Why should this be such a controversial thing to say?
Worst of all was Starmer's dismissive reaction. Interviewed immediately afterwards, he tried to represent Humphris as a Covid-denier, claiming that he had "queried… whether there was a pandemic at all."
This slur was compounded by Labour's snooty official response which said: "a clip circulating online shows Keir Starmer being confronted by someone spreading dangerous misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic. We will not be amplifying it."
Covid denial? Dangerous misinformation? Really?
What Humphris actually did was quote official ONS research, showing that the average age of death from coronavirus is 82.4 years old, in contrast to the average age of death from other causes, which is 81.5 years.
Later, Humphris said: "All I did was offer him data and request the issues it raised get talked about - and that the whole thing gets seen in context. I'm not suggesting that there hasn't been a pandemic. I'm not suggesting that Covid doesn't exist, or that it's not serious. It's just that our reaction to Covid has been out of proportion."
Now why can't an ordinary working man say this without being accused of Covid denial?
Take note, Sir Keir. The number of international studies confirming Humphris' claim that lockdowns are ineffective keeps on growing.
No evidence-based study has found a statistically significant relationship between the timing or severity of lockdowns and Covid mortality.
As for Humphris' assertion that lockdown measures kill, this is indisputable.
During the first UK lockdown alone, there were 21,000 excess deaths, not caused by Covid. I dread to think what the total is now.
I am so disappointed in Keir Starmer. When he took over as Labour leader following the poisonous and disastrous reign of Jeremy Corbyn, I was pleased. Now a grown-up was in charge again.
But Starmer lost me with his supine, credulous attitude to lockdown, and his apparent disregard of the destitution it causes. And now this telling encounter in Bath.
Starmer is typical of a bewildering number of nice middle-class people who seem to believe that questioning lockdown is akin to declaring yourself a fan of Donald Trump: too appalling to even contemplate.
As long as they're comfortable at home with their sushi delivery and their Macbooks, the lesser orders can go hang.
The only criticism I have of Rod Humphris is that he didn't save more of his ire for Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself.
Fortunately he has since confirmed he'd kick the PM out of his pub, too.