Ben Bradley has turned out to be just like every other Tory recently tasked with improving the Conservative Party’s profile with the young – he just can’t get anything right.
Yesterday (January 23) he posted an apology for blog posts written in 2011, calling for unemployed “wasters” to have “vasectomies” and saying he could not wait for water cannons to arrive in London so police could play “splat the chav”.
It’s a cringeworthy performance, made worse by his claim that matters have improved across the nation since he scribbled those appalling blog posts, with the arrival of the benefit cap and the limiting of child benefit to just two children.
So enforced poverty on families who rely on benefits is a good thing, is it?
The so-called ‘rape clause’ – that says mothers can only receive benefit for a third child if it is the result of sexual assault – is a good thing, is it?
I know many mothers who would disagree. But then, Mr Bradley isn’t a mother. He just thinks he can tell them what’s good for them.
Here’s his video; see for yourself:
After the blog posts that came out last week, that I wrote as a 21 year old in in 2011, I wanted to let the dust settle a little bit before responding fully as it's been a pretty intense and chaotic week. Here is my response and my take on it all:
Posted by Ben Bradley MP on Tuesday, 23 January 2018
The Daily Mirror has been having fun with Mr Bradley too, pointing out that he reckons he should be excused because his time in politics has allowed him to mature – just three months after he said Jared O’Mara should be “condemned” for offensive homophobic and misogynistic posts he put online.
Mr Bradley begged for his own mistakes to be forgotten – having already, it seems, forgotten that he said Labour’s failure to condemn Mr O’Mara was a “copout” and “weak”.
But that’s Tories for you. They are the Party of Double-Standards, after all.
A Tory MP has begged for his online mistakes to be forgotten just three months after saying another MP should be “condemned” for comments he made on the internet.
Tory youth spokesman Ben Bradley called for the unemployed to have vasectomies in blogs that were unearthed last week.
In another post he said it would be “incredibly sensible” to relocate people on benefits hundreds of miles from home.
Theresa May has been under pressure to sack Bradley, now 28, over the posts which were made when he was 22.
Bradley today issued a video, admitting he had “cocked up”, but pleading to be “judged based on what I’m doing now as a member of parliament, not stupid things I said as a young man.”
But just three months ago, he launched an online attack on another MP over posts he made online as a young man, criticising Labour for insufficiently condemning him and accusing them of a “cop out”.
Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara, who defeated Nick Clegg in June’s General Election, was suspended by Labour in October, after a string of misogynistic and homophobic online comments posted when he was in his early twenties were revealed.
Many of O’Mara’s posts were published when he was younger than Bradley was at the time of his blogs.
Bradley also mocked O’Mara’s claim to have been “on a journey” since making his offensive posts.
But when he was forced to apologise over his own posts, he claimed he had “time in politics has allowed me to mature”
Bradley tweeted: “Labour totally fail to condemn Jared O’Mara again on Daily Politics. He’s been on a journey you know! #Copout #Weak”
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