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Why are Tory MPs manufacturing outrage that parents want the government to feed their children? They expect the same!

Ben Bradley: you’d think he would learn to keep his mouth shut after he called for poor people to be forced to have vasectomies and libelled Jeremy Corbyn.

How many MPs are claiming expenses to cover the costs of having children?

This Writer doesn’t have the current figures but in 2013 I know 148 of them were claiming extra money to rent larger homes and cover the cost of youngsters’ travel.

According to the Daily Mirror at the time, MPs had claimed around £140,000 for kids’ travel between 2010 and 2013.

And Parliamentary standards watchdog IPSA was allowing MPs to increase the maximum allowance they could claim by £2,425 for each child they said lived with them.

Some MPs – including nine cabinet ministers – were claiming more than £10,000 extra.

I mention this because certain Conservative MPs have been kicking up a fuss about the comparatively small amount – per person – that will go towards extending free school meals throughout the summer holidays in England.

Tory Sally-Ann Hart seemed to think it was wrong for parents to “expect” the government to feed their children, even though she is part of a government whose members expect their own childcare to be paid by the public and not from their own pay packets.

I find this part particularly interesting:

[She] said MPs must “not shy away” from the issue that some parents “just do not or cannot prioritise their children’s needs over their own”.

And she said the Government must “turbocharge” its efforts to understand why such neglect happens.

Perhaps Ms Hart should turn to some of her neighbours on the Green Benches and ask them – just as a starting-point?

As responses from the public go, I don’t think you’ll find one better than this:

Another Tory – Ben Bradley – demanded safeguards to ensure that parents could not use free school meal vouchers to obtain alcohol and cigarettes.

Fine words from a man who belongs to an institution where people like himself frequently run up huge bills at the various Parliamentary bars, on expenses.

In fact, some of them have even refused to pay altogether.

But Ms Hart and Mr Bradley – who is also on record as calling for poor men to be vasectomised, and had to apologise publicly and pay money to charity after libelling Jeremy Corbyn – don’t seem to be aware of these facts.

Perhaps they should examine behaviour closer to their own homes, rather than accusing people before they’ve even had a chance to do anything wrong.

Source: Tory MP says some parents ‘expect the government to feed their children’ – Mirror Online

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Tory resignations: Another member of the government quits over ‘watered-down Brexit’

Scott Mann MP: Now he has quit as a member of the government, he can go back to auditioning for a role in Poldark.

It seems Andrew Griffiths’ resignation over a sex scandal was a brief return to watered-down form and the Brexit resignations are back.

Today it was the turn of North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, who resigned as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Treasury on the grounds that the Chequers plan conflicts with the wishes of most of his constituents.

In his resignation letter, he wrote: “The residents of North Cornwall made it very clear that they wish to have control over our fishery, our agricultural policy, our money, our laws and our borders.”

He wrote: “I am not prepared to compromise their wishes to deliver a watered-down Brexit.”

Mr Mann joins a lengthening list of Tory MPs who have resigned from the government over the Chequers plan, including:

David Davis

Boris Johnson

Steve Baker

Conor Burns

Chris Green

Robert Courts, who resigned as a Foreign Office PPS on July 15

Maria Caulfield and

Ben Bradley.

As discussed on This Site previously, the Tory government is facing a crunch vote on future trading conditions, with hard-Brexiteers threatening to vote down Theresa May’s proposals.

Apparently Jacob Rees-Mogg spent 45 minutes this morning (July 16) meeting Tory whips, which suggests Mrs May wants to make another compromise deal with those of her MPs who are threatening to rebel.

But do any of them remember the last time she made such a deal?

She lied. She reneged on it as soon as the vote had gone her way. And she will again.

Some of those threatening to vote her down this time were complicit in that travesty.

They can’t honestly think they’ll fare any better, can they?

Source: Brexit: No 10 rules out second referendum ‘under any circumstances’ – Politics live | Politics | The Guardian

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Tory vice-chairs quit over Brexit – and a ‘no confidence’ vote in May seems imminent

Out: Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley.

Two more Conservative MPs have quit their roles in defiance against Theresa May’s lousy ‘Chequers plan’ for Brexit. Neither is a great loss but it is possible that they may have written the letters that pitch the prime minister into a battle to retain the Tory leadership.

Ben Bradley, who was the Tory vice-chair responsible for generating support from young voters, fell out of favour with the public after it was revealed he had called for unemployed people to be vasectomised, and suggested that water cannons bought (in error) by former London Mayor Boris Johnson should be used to play a game he called ‘splat the chav’. He also had to apologise to Jeremy Corbyn and make a donation to charity after falsely claiming the Labour leader had sold British secrets to Communist spies.

Maria Caulfield, now-former Tory vice-chair for women, was always a controversial appointment because she thinks women should not be allowed to make decisions about their own bodies – she supported the criminalisation of abortion.

So both were in the wrong job – but their resignations may help kick Theresa May out of hers.

We are hearing reports that Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, has now received the 48 letters needed to trigger a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Mrs May’s leadership of the Conservative Party.

It would be ironic if two people Mrs May put in the wrong jobs for them were responsible for ending her career as prime minister – which was, of course, the wrong job for her.

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Considering her choice of representatives, is Theresa May having a laugh at young people’s expense?

Theresa May is laughing at us all.

I think this tweet makes a lot of sense.

What do you reckon?


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Hypocrite Bradley’s ‘apology’ video for ‘vasectomy’ blog makes matters WORSE

Ben Bradley: Two weeks ago it was “Vasectomies for wasters”, last week it was “Splat the chavs”. This week it’s “I have matured”. What pearl of wisdom will we have from him next week? [Image: Getty.]

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:

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”

Source: ‘Vasectomies for jobseekers’ Tory begs for mistakes to be forgotten months after attacking Labour MP for online comments – Mirror Online


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Here’s a better advocate for young people in politics than Ben Bradley will ever be

But is the “better advocate” Jeremy Corbyn, or 12-year-old Joel?

You decide.


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Tory ‘youth tsar’ pours cold water on his career with cannon comment

Ben Bradley: Last week it was “Vasectomies for wasters”, this week it’s “Splat the chavs”. What pearl of wisdom will we have from him next week? [Image: Getty.]

We all knew Ben Bradley was a bad choice to join the Tory top table – well, they all were.

When he was appointed as Tory Party vice-chairman with responsibility for revitalising the party’s appeal to young people, This Site (and others) pointed out that his voting record showed that he had supported policies that harm the nation’s youth.

Since then, we have been treated to glimpses of his wisdom – such as it is – in the form of unwise blog posts and tweets published a few years ago. Here’s an example, from the Daily Mirror:

Theresa May was urged to sack her youth tsar tonight after he admitted he wanted police to play “splat the chav” during the London riots.

Tory MP Ben Bradley unleashed a storm of criticism in the last week after a series of offensive blog posts he wrote surfaced for the first time – including saying the jobless should get vasectomies.

Now it’s emerged in a tweet in 2011, unearthed by BuzzFeed News, he posted a pictured of water cannon with the message: “The water cannons are coming.

“I’ll be in front of the news tonight watching police play ‘Splat the Chav’.”

SNP MP Neil Gray told the Mirror Mr Bradley’s “appalling” comments “make him unfit for office” and demanded Mrs May axe him.

“The Tories rightly called for Labour MP Jared O’Mara to be suspended over his offensive blog posts. They complained his suspension took too long to happen, and questioned how he had been selected in the first place. It would be hypocrisy of the highest order if they now fail to act themselves.”

On the subject of that offensive blog post about vasectomising poor people, here’s the other deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, James Cleverly, digging a hole for himself:

And here’s an opinion of those comments that seems entirely accurate:

https://twitter.com/MattTurner4L/status/954483169964654592

As for Jared O’Mara – Mr Turner makes a very pointed observation about Mr Bradley’s resemblance to the disgraced Labour MP:

https://twitter.com/MattTurner4L/status/954369976047153152

Fair comment.

And of course, informing all this discussion is Mr Bradley’s brief to restore the youth membership of the Conservative Party – on which subject, the following may also be considered fair comment:

But let’s bear in mind: Just because he’s doomed to failure, that doesn’t mean we should be lenient on this bigoted, entitled brat.


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Bradley backtracks: Tory MP sorry for saying benefits claimants should get sterilised

Ben Bradley backtracked on comments saying the unemployed should get vasectomies [Image: PA].

For information, see below.

But isn’t it strange that Mr Bradley didn’t mature until after he was 22.

One certainly hopes he had grown up by the time he won his first council seat in 2015, aged 25.

But I have a doubt. After all, he wasn’t mature enough to delete his unwise blog post before Buzzfeed found it.

Ben Bradley backtracked on comments saying the unemployed should get vasectomies [Image: PA].

The Conservative vice chairman for youth has apologised for comments lsuggesting that people on benefits should be sterilised.

MP Ben Bradley, 28, backtracked over a blog post describing jobseekers as “unemployed wasters” and saying that those who can’t afford children should undergo vasectomies.

Mr Bradley, the Member of Parliament for Mansfield, deleted the post after it was highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

“I apologise for these posts,” he said.

“My time in politics has allowed me to mature and I now realise that this language is not appropriate.”

Source: Conservative MP apologises for saying benefits claimants should get sterilised


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The voice of Tory youth: ‘Unemployed wasters’ should have ‘vasectomies’

[Image: Evolve Politics.]

Lovely!

This is the man selected by Theresa May to be the ‘voice of young people’.

He has already been exposed as having voted against scrapping university tuition fees; against restoring Education Maintenance Allowance, against maintenance grants and nurses’ bursaries; against ending the public sector pay cap, and against increasing the minimum wage.

Now it seems he has something to hid in his early life – he has deleted the offending blog post mentioned in the Evolve Politics article quoted below.

There’s a lesson here for everyone in the digital age: Be careful what you commit to the Internet.

And now, This Writer is off to check through all 10,000+ Vox Political articles, just in case.

Tory MP Ben Bradley has come in for severe criticism today after a blog post from 2012 emerged where he argued that it wouldn’t be long before Britain was ‘drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters’ if people on benefits had too many children.

Mr Bradley, who was recently, disastrously, appointed as the Conservatives ‘Vice Chair of Youth’, also implied in the now-deleted blog post that such ‘unemployed wasters’ should just have vasectomies.

The 28 year old Conservative MP used the blog post to argue in favour of the benefit cap introduced during the Conservative/LibDem coalition.

The historic blog post was uncovered by journalists from Buzzfeed, but when their reporters approached Mr Bradley for comment, he simply deleted the blog post.

Source: Tory MP Ben Bradley deletes shocking blog arguing a ‘vast sea of unemployed wasters’ should have vasectomies | Evolve Politics


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