The Conservative vice chairman for youth has apologised for comments suggesting 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.
“Sorry but how many children you have is a choice; if you can’t afford them, stop having them! Vasectomies are free,” he wrote in the personal blog in 2012.
“Families who have never worked a day in their lives having four or five kids and the rest of us having one or two means it’s not long before we’re drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters that we pay to keep!”
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.”
Mr Bradley was elected in 2017.
His offensive blog post was in 2013.
So, in my turn, I would like to ask, how on earth do the Tories vet their candidates?
Don’t they check up people’s blogs and social media to see if there is something lurking that could come back to bite them on the backside?
Worse still, this ‘person’ has just been made ‘vice chairman for youth’ of the Conservative Party (admittedly a job that shouldn’t tax his apparently limited intellect too much, given that there are only 70,000 members in the party and most of them are over 70).
Mrs May should be aware that he having been caught out he has admitted that he thinks that these remarks are “not appropriate”.
Maybe “utterly repugnant” would be more appropriate. Who else does he believe shouldn’t be allowed to breed?
Big thank you to the Scottish Tory MPs who failed to stand up for Scotland today in Westminster.
You’ve probably managed to persuade another tranche of people that, not only is there no point in Scotland taking part in UK referenda in the future, because we get what England votes for, but also that there is no point in having a Scottish Secretary, even if he makes reasonable tea, or indeed any Scottish Tory MPs. They vote the way the English Tories tell them regardless of how it hurts Scotland.
Not only are we not in Europe despite voting 62-38 for it, we shall also undoubtedly lose a raft of powers to the London parliament.
Why don’t you have the guts to do what you always wanted to and just shut Holyrood down?
I’m proud to announce that Andrea Leadsome, loathsome fox hunter in chief, has blocked me on Twitter. I’m seriously proud because I must have done something to hack her off. I just wish I knew what, though, so I could do it over and over and over again.