This MP’s attempt to deny the reality of his behaviour suggests mental health problems to This Writer.
Ben Bradley (for it was he), the Tory responsible for the most-shared tweet ever by a Conservative MP – his apology for libelling Jeremy Corbyn – and who once suggested sterilising the poor, tried to justify his opposition to Marcus Rashford’s plea for free school meals to be extended over the holidays, to feed hungry children whose parents have suffered financially as a result of the Covid-19 crisis (and other reasons).
He tweeted a message to Rashford, offering to take him to visit a school where – he said – the head teacher agreed with his view that FSM (free school meals) would not solve the problem of hungry kids:
He doubled down on the offer the following day:
But in this tweet he made the mistake of mentioning the school: Oak Tree. This allowed an actual governor to put him straight:
Fair to say Ben Bradley is having a ‘mare. pic.twitter.com/TIm6c9jXUi
— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) October 23, 2020
Worse was to follow. He went on to refer to a school (although I can’t tell whether it’s the same one) as having pupils living in “a crack den” and “a brothel” – and when someone else suggested such places were logical destinations for the money from a free school meal voucher, he agreed:
… and then he denied it:
Angela. Please remove this clickbait nonsense. If the context is not clear, I will clarify, but thats 100% NOT what I've said. Please don't drag this debate in to the gutter. What you've put here is NOT TRUE. https://t.co/d96A9CiWvM
— Ben Bradley MP (@BBradley_Mans) October 23, 2020
(I’ve opted to use the actual tweet, rather than a screenshot. I wonder if it will be deleted?)
Next, he took to Facebook to try to justify himself:
Amazing – after endlessly complaining Angela Rayner ‘changed the context” of his tweets but refusing to explain what he meant, he’s written an essay on FB explaining he didn’t say *all* kids on FSM live in crack dens and brothels, just some of them. https://t.co/HipbdLlcH1
— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) October 24, 2020
(It didn’t go down well.)
Now he has fallen into an argument with representatives of another school:
The hole he is digging himself in will reach Australia soon.
— Jen Wood (@unojen_wood) October 23, 2020
Finally (so far) he appeared on the BBC’s Breakfast News, where Naga Munchetty made an utter fool of him:
This is @BBradley_Mans being caught out live on TV for his lying attack on @MarcusRashford. He will probably ask the new TORY head of @BBCNews to sack her for exposing his lie and broadcasting truth. pic.twitter.com/2htY4Il7ti
— The Night King 🇬🇧🇪🇺 #GTTO (@Iceman_cometh1) October 24, 2020
The public response has been to recoil as though his psychosis is contagious:
Tories: Good work, lads. All that focusing on Angela Rayner seems to have distracted the attention from us being horrible child-starving bastards. We've got through the week unscathed!
Ben Bradley: pic.twitter.com/U2z1iRqglK
— Drivelcast (@drivelcast) October 23, 2020
Looks like Ben Bradley MP dropped him self in it by saying some nasty shit about food voucher, prostitutes and crack dens
Only to be spotted by Angela Rayner
— Cirian75 #YNWA 62.5% 🇬🇧 25% 🇳🇱 12.5% 🇦🇺 (@cirian75) October 23, 2020
The vouchers provided don’t allow you spend it on alcohol or tobacco let alone crack cocain or prostitutes. This is just a lie that sadly Ben Bradley knows many will fall for.
This despicable fool needs to be dragged out of Parliament. pic.twitter.com/J18DbgKRHb
— Ben (@BenJolly9) October 23, 2020
Watching Ben Bradley, an elected MP, pathetically provoking people on Twitter while Marcus Rashford, a footballer, organises a massive community mobilisation to feed hungry children is the perfect metaphor for the moral rot at the heart of this country's political establishment.
— Will Magee (@W_F_Magee) October 23, 2020
Tory MP’s playing the victim after voting to starve children is peak 2020.#ToryScum
— Julie Harrington #ToryScum🌹#MMT#BLM (@celtjules66) October 24, 2020
Perhaps the sharpest point is the following. Who is really more dependent on state funding?
Ben Bradley MP is making points about 'freebies' and 'state dependency' as to why children should go hungry.
Seems he might be an expert on these matters. pic.twitter.com/B6zevAaui4
— Chris Nash (@yorkie_red) October 21, 2020
If anyone at the school(s) Bradley has mentioned can find a way, This Writer thinks Bradley may find himself facing the sharp end of another legal letter in the not-too-distant future.
And his Corbyn apology shows he knows none of his denials or justifications will stand up in court.
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