After he had been discovered urging the unemployed to be get themselves sterilised, urging more Police brutality, and advocating for the use of water cannon to enable him to play “Splat the Chav”, some might have thought that Tory MP Ben Bradley, who represents the unfortunate voters of Mansfield, near Nottingham, would see the error of his ways and at least keep control of his North and South from now on.
Ben Bradley - claims to be an MP
But that thought would have been misplaced, as not only did Bradley fail to get the hint that his behaviour was no better than all the remarks and attitudes he and his colleagues had attributed to Labour’s Jared O’Mara - who they have told the press should be thrown out of the Commons - he kept on whining, this time about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. And he wasn’t just whining, but lying as well.
Jezza had featured in the latest party leader interview for The Andy Marr Show (tm) last Sunday, and one of the subjects under discussion was homelessness, and how to house those who had fallen on times bad enough to see them out there on the streets, with nowhere to call home. Corbyn had asserted that a priority for an incoming Labour Government would be to purchase 8,000 houses for that very purpose.
The discussion also covered all those high-end properties being built in the London area, many of which, as Marr pointed out, are not being sold, with some that are sold not being occupied, the owners using them as a way of investing capital, with values appreciating as much as 10% every year. Corbyn pointed out that local authorities already have the power to compulsorily purchase property. But that was enough for Bradley.
“This weekend @jeremycorbyn repeated his commitment to seizing private property in pursuit of 'redistribution' - a prospect that should horrify everyone who owns anything at all. If Government won't uphold your right to the home or business you've paid for, we're all stuffed” he wailed plaintively. But there was, as Captain Blackadder might have observed, only one thing wrong with that idea - it was bollocks.
The Marr Show’s own Twitter feed proves it: “.@jeremycorbyn says a Labour government would ‘immediately purchase 8000 properties across the country’ to tackle homelessness”. And, as the properties that were not selling, or being bought merely as an investment, were nowhere near Mansfield, and Bradley is a mere back bencher, one has to wonder what he’s at - other than more off-piste shit stirring.
Not only that, he couldn’t even lie coherently. “Re tomorrow's Telegraph story this is a categoric lie. The time limited period should be determined by the length of time it takes to put in place new arrangements, and we believe that should be around two years” he claimed, but if he doesn’t know the time needed to put in place new arrangement, how does he know what the Brexit transition period should be?
Ben Bradley is still a suitable case for expulsion from the Commons. Only moreso, now he’s decided to go around with his trousers well alight.
Problem is, if they bin him, they’d have to bin lots more. So no change there, then.