It seems some Tories aren’t even intelligent enough to recognise themselves.
This has been a bad week for anybody who wants to tell us our Conservative MPs have two brain cells to rub together.
Tory MP Tom Hunt tried to tell us Rwanda was in Europe on the BBC’s Politics Live. In fact, the dictatorship to which Priti Patel wishes to ship people arriving in the UK illegally is in east Africa.
His colleague Ben Bradley, after the Archbishop of Canterbury criticised the government’s Rwanda policy, said: “We separated the church from the state a long time ago … Commenting on government policy is not Justin Welby’s job”. Perhaps he should have been told the Church of England is Britain’s state church and its Archbishops sit in the House of Lords.
And many Tory MPs have tried to convince us that it would be unthinkable to get rid of prime minister Boris Johnson while a war is happening (even though the UK isn’t even a participant in the Ukraine-Russia conflict) – despite the fact that we have done exactly that, many times in the past.
So Chris Bryant, for all his many other faults, should have been cheered when he made his comments in the House of Commons on Thursday (April 21).
“Can we have a debate on geography and history lessons? I gather that one Conservative Member has recently stated that we are sending refugees to a ‘safe European country, Rwanda’.
“Another Conservative MP said that the Church of England was disestablished many years ago, which will come as news to the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Her Majesty.
“Many Government ministers have also said that we cannot change the prime minister during a time of war, despite the fact that we changed prime minister four times during the Afghan war, once during the first world war, the second world war and the second Boer war, and twice during the Peninsular war. Can we have a debate on the intelligence of Conservative Members?
Here’s a video clip of the moment, for posterity:
Chris Bryant – Can we have a debate on geography & history, as one Tory MP(Tom Hunt) stated that we are sending refugees to a safe European country, Rwanda… so can we have a debate on the intelligence of Tory MPs. pic.twitter.com/AqNiIwlkvK
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) April 21, 2022
Much of the laughter came from Opposition benches but the Conservatives joined in.
But perhaps the most laughable moment was when Mark Harper, Leader of the House, suggested that Bryant should try to raise the quality of his debating.
Tories need to learn that, before criticising others, they need to work on improving themselves.
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