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Tory vice-chair disgraces himself with lie about Labour’s tax plans


James Cleverly’s star has risen very quickly and, the way he’s going, it will fall just as fast.

He knows that Labour’s election manifesto last year was fully-costed and self-explanatory, and the only tax increases planned within its pages were for the top five per cent of earners – people taking home more than £80,000 a year.

But he told Andrew Marr that Labour would force a tax increase on everybody in order to fund the NHS properly.

This was a lie.

It seems likely that, as a Tory MP and vice-chairman of the party, Mr Cleverly takes home more than £80k per year and simply wants to do all he can to prevent a Labour government being elected and taxing him on it.

That would be selfish, but then selfishness is the Tory way.


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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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