Tim Loughton, the Tory MP who attacked Ken Loach’s speech, had been given free entry to the BAFTAs, according to Andy Burnham.
After gaining entry to the event on the basis of his privileged status as a member of the government, Mr Loughton took offence when filmmaker Ken Loach passed comment on the Tory decision to close down the ‘Dubs Amendment’ child refugee programme after taking only one-fifteenth of the number of children in the original commitment.
Mr Loach was accepting the award for Outstanding British Film which, this year, went to I, Daniel Blake, his account of one man’s torturous journey through the Tory government’s twisted and homicidal version of the sickness benefit system.
“Just had a great night at the BAFTAS apart from the usual predictable drivel from Ken Loach in his own La La Land,” tweeted the Tory ex-minister for children – only to receive the kind of backlash one would expect for such a monumentally misanthropic message.
Undeterred, Mr Loughton dug deeper: “So when Ken Loach uses a BAFTA platform to lambast Govt for stuff that is nothing to do with his film it’s fine but when I dare to criticise what he said, certainly not his right to say it nor his film making skills, the left go bonkers & launch a whole load of alternative facts about my parentage. Says a lot about where the real threat to free speech lies in our country.”
That’s true, Mr Loughton. It lies embodied in you.
You know perfectly well that artistic people – of all kinds – often use their speeches at awards ceremonies to make points about current events. Of course I, Daniel Blake isn’t about the ‘Dubs Amendment’ betrayal – it has only just happened. In other words, yes – it IS fine.
As for your criticism, Mr Loughton – you say you weren’t attacking his right to talk about ‘Dubs’ in your first tweet, but it is very clear from your second that this was indeed your intention: “When Ken Loach uses a BAFTA platform to lambast Govt for stuff that is nothing to do with his film it’s fine” is clearly sarcastic, when taken in context.
And you say you weren’t attacking Mr Loach’s skills. What, then, did you mean by “the usual predictable drivel from Ken Loach in his own La La Land”? That would certainly indicate denigration of his abilities.
I cannot comment on any speculation about your parentage, Mr Loughton, as I have no interest in looking up any more information about you than is absolutely necessary. If you think that is unfair, I wonder how much research you carried out into the backgrounds of all the Twitter users you have dubbed – with derogatory intention – as “The left” who have gone “bonkers”.
If anybody is using “alternative facts”, it’s you, snowflake.
For the benefit of anybody who missed it, here’s Mr Loach’s terrific speech from the Baftas:
A Conservative MP has come under attack for dismissing director Ken Loach’s BAFTA speech as “drivel”.
Loach, the Jeremy Corbyn supporting film maker, condemned the government for closing down its child refugee programme as he won a BAFTA for his film I, Daniel Blake.
But Tory MP Tim Loughton, who attended the ceremony in London, was unimpressed.
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