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Saturday 24 October 2020

Ben Bradley - STOP DIGGING

When the Tories decided to come over all righteous and offended because Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner allegedly called their smirking and smug colleague Chris Clarkson “scum”, they perhaps did not know that one of those who signed a letter to Keir Starmer demanding he take Very Stern Action Immediately against Ms Rayner was about to make her actions look like the proverbial drop in the ocean.

Ben Bradley ...

But cometh the hour, cometh the obnoxious creep: Ben Bradley, pride of the “Red Wall”, who represents Mansfield, has done just that. Worse, this morning he was still digging, in an interview on BBC Breakfast. Just to add some spice, Ms Rayner set the ball rolling. And, of course, poor Ben is the victim here. Except he isn’t.

... who didn't really accuse some of his voters of doing this, honestly

In a Twitter exchange which he has now deleted, Bradley had claimed “At one school in Mansfield 75% of kids have a social worker, 25% of parents are illiterate. The estate is the centre of the area’s crime. One kid lives in a crack den, another in a brothel. These are the kids that most need our help, extending [Free School Meals] doesn’t reach these kids”.

When one Tweeter mused “£20 cash direct to a crack den and brothel really sounds like the way forward with this one”, Bradley replied “That’s what FSM vouchers in the summer effectively did”. Cue Ms Rayner. “A Conservative MP has said that free school meals are effectively a direct payment to brothels and drug dealers. Notwithstanding the fact that the vouchers in summer could only be used to purchase food, this stigmatisation of working class families is disgraceful and disgusting”. Bradley realised he was in deep shit.

But he was already too late. “Angela. Please remove this clickbait nonsense. If the context is not clear, I will clarify, but thats 100% NOT what I've said. Please don't drag this debate in to the gutter. What you've put here is NOT TRUE … Pretty clear that I'm about to get hammered across social media/papers for the crime of a tweet where the context wasn't as clear as I'd thought it was. Needless to say, I haven't said what I'm being accused of, nor would I ever. I'm sorry if others get dragged in to the fire”. Looks like he did say it.

Plenty of Tweeters reminded him of what he did say, which was very adjacent to what Ms Rayner said he said. And his faux pas was not his first of the day: earlier he had tried it on with Marcus Rashford. "Hi [Marcus] - no reply to this yet so far as I can see. You were very quick to reply to previous tweets... Would love to invite you to Oak Tree, to discuss the needs of the kids face to face, and why FSM is not the right approach. Drop me an email?

Sadly, er, you guessed it. “Unfortunately for you I am a governor at that very school. I have just spoken to the head and I can assure you that our view is very much that the kids need FSM. I ask you to correct this and not give false impressions of a school who fight tooth and nail for their kids … Can I ask people to retweet this. I will not have our school used like this. He is completely wrong to give this impression”. And there was more.

A local primary school’s Facebook page was going after him, telling “this stigmatisation of working class families is truly shocking”. Evolve Politics watched the action unfold: “Ben Bradley is literally mouthing off at a local Primary School on Facebook now”. And he was still trying to blame Angela Rayner for what he had said.

Maybe Bradley will see his majority diminish next time round. I’ll just leave that one there.

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Anonymous said...

They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.

Ben Bradley started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say "extending Free School Meals doesn’t reach these kids", but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.

Jez Box said...

What a plum!

Gonzoland said...

So, Ben Bradley MP claims that the tweets he posted about Free School Meals were taken out of the context of Free School Meals and used in a debate about Free School Meals.
How can ordinary Tory MPs do their job of demonising the poor when their words about free school meals and vasectomies for unemployed men are quoted?

Jonathan said...

Ah Ben Bradley the darling of the working class Tory, except the truth is a little different, he was privately educated at Derby Grammar School, a selective school, after leaving Nottingham Trent University with a First in Politics, he became a Recruitment Consultant, then onto and into the Tory Party.

Ben never experienced poverty, Dad was a Police officer and his mum a public servant in an unspecified role according to his Wikipedia page..

Ben might have to learn to keep his big mouth shut and do some research and actually listen to those affected and the local schools.

But that won't happen, it doesn't fit the narrative spun out by Tory Central Office and by the Chief Polecat.

Anonymous said...

A school in the cunt's constituency has replied “We know the truth about families who qualify for free school meals and it is nothing like what he suggests. I strongly suggest you let him know the truth too. He is your representative in our country’s parliament after all.”

In turn, the cunt asked the school to remove “this partisan nonsense”.

Expecting your MP to represent you is now partisan nonsense, apparently. It would be terribly embarrassing for the cunt if he had previously written an article for The Telegraph called 'My traditionally Labour constituency just wants Brexit done' in which he had placed the wishes of his constituency above all other considerations.

AndyC said...

No, Ben Bradley, keep digging. Dig yourself into such a deep hole that your reputation, political and otherwise, never recovers.

thwobble said...

This Tory scumbag will never go anywhere near this school as someone would probably deck him for the way he described worried and beleagured parents using vouchers for drugs and sex, struggling to keep a roof overhead and feed their families. This jerk is all right, with his huge salary (about to be increased handsomely) and the £58K he's claimed on expenses, so no worries there Mr SCUM Bradley!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 12.50

Cunts are useful, these shithouses ain't.

Anonymous said...

4 more years of this. So many Tory MPs are there because of the same tricks were used to get votes as in the referendum in 2016. That and all the lies about Labour in last year's elections gave these sociopaths an 80 seat majority so why would anyone of them care?

Anonymous said...

That Pub Landlord character's gone incredibly unfunny in a tragic Steve Martin sort of way.