A DECORATED war veteran was quizzed by cops for posting a joke tweet saying: “Maybe it’s time for a military coup to sort Brexit out.”
Tony McNally, 57, had two detectives call at his home.
He said: “The tweet was just a tongue-in-cheek, off-the-cuff remark.
“I couldn’t start a military coup! It was a waste of police time, heavy-handed and totally unnecessary.”
His ordeal emerged as cops ruled out action against leftie comic Jo Brand, 61.
She caused a row by suggesting on the BBC that political protesters hurl battery acid instead of milkshakes.
'WASTE OF POLICE TIME'
Tony argued: “She won’t be spoken to by police about what she said because it’s under the guise of comedy.
“Maybe if I’d put ‘this is just a joke’ I wouldn’t have had people on my doorstep.”
The pro-Brexit dad of two — who served in the Falklands and Northern Ireland — added: “I felt intimidated. I feel like it was an assault on my civil liberties.” He tweeted after reading of a general’s claim that a Jeremy Corbyn government could face an Army mutiny.
But he said the cops compared his post with threats of violence against MPs — raising the neo-Nazi murder of Labour MP Jo Cox before the 2016 Brexit referendum.
Tony, of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, said: “I’m not the enemy here. I served my country and I’m proud of it.”
The Royal Artillery veteran deleted the tweet after receiving online abuse.
Police said: “We were made aware of concerns. Officers visited and gave advice regarding the post. No more action was taken.”