What an embarrassment for entitled
Blairite Starmerite Chris Bryant!
He wanted to make a point about those damned lefty Marxists and ended up being humiliated by somebody who actually knew something about the subject matter.
Bryant came to grief after tweeting about the Peruvian presidential election, that was won by left-wing teacher Pedro Castillo. He promptly selected Marxist Guido Bellido as his prime minister.
Bryant tweeted: “Perú is a wonderful country but it’s depressing that voters were left with a choice between Fujimori and Castillo. Sadly the new cabinet looks set to take the country down a failed Marxist route.”
Which “failed Marxist” route is that?
A nonexistent one.
Marxism is not a social/political system – it is a critique of Capitalism. Bryant was probably groping for a reference to Communism – which is a global political/economic model. Marx didn’t expect it to work except on a global level (anything smaller and the surrounding Capitalists would crush it), so it’s unlikely that Castillo is likely to try it.
It is astonishing, not only that a member of the Labour Party doesn’t know this, but that a Labour Parliamentarian is this ignorant.
It suggests that the party’s recruitment/selection process has gone seriously awry – as Alan McLeod stated in a response to Bryant.
Who’s he? Well, we’ll all know momentarily but for the time being let’s just say his Twitter bio told us he “mostly tweet[s] about US and Latin American politics”.
This time, he tweeted, “It is truly extraordinary that a Labour MP in south Wales could say such a thing. It goes to show how bought out the party has become.” Living in Wales as This Writer does, I can only take this as a reference to the fact that south Walians are, generally speaking, socialists – and that it is therefore amazing that Bryant – not a socialist – ever managed to get selected.
From what I can see, it seems this former Conservative was parachuted in by the Blair leadership. So it may be unsurprising that his understanding of Marxism is so poor.
The most hilarious thing about seeing "Marxist" trend, is how all its critics are clearly terrified of Marxism, yet have absolutely no idea what it means
— RD Hale (@RD_HaIe) August 1, 2021
It seems Bryant was stung. He responded by demanding to know his interlocutor’s credentials – and that’s where he really came unstuck:
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/I5SGArjxRn
— Colin Monehen (@CMonehen) August 1, 2021
“I’ve got a PhD in Latin American politics, lectured about it in universities, and have produced a book and five peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic.”
Even then, Bryant wouldn’t let it lie. He thought of a comeback – and came even more unstuck:
That's nice, Chris
But if you are truly concerned with authoritarianism in South America, I'd advise you not to pall up with far-right Colombian strongman Alvaro Uribe like you did in 2009, right as he was carrying out a massacre of 10,000 leftist opponents.
— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) August 1, 2021
So now Chris Bryant’s credentials as a Labour representative are utterly shattered.
Postscript: This isn’t even the first time Bryant fell foul of Twitter!
Back in August 2018, social media users descended on him like a pack of wolves after he accused someone of anti-Semitism for using the slang term “gammon” to refer to Mike Gapes.
He tried to protest that he thought it was a reference to Jewish people not eating meat from pigs when in fact it was an insult against middle-aged or older white men with conservative, traditionalist views, stereotypically characterized as having a red or flushed complexion.
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