Get in the sea’ is a jokey expression, often bandied about on social media. A a polite way of telling someone to fuck off, the common Twitter insult is as tongue in cheek as it is widely used.
So, when Verity Phillips, a student at the University of Bristol, tweeted at her local MP, telling her to ‘get in the sea’, she wasn’t literally demanding that her elected representative go for a dip.
However, Labour MP for Bristol West Thangam Debbonaire had clearly left her sarcasm detector at home. Debbonaire claimed that Phillips’ tweet had threatened her life, tweeting: ‘This person has just told me to drown – I believe that is a threat to kill.’