Another in Bradley’s long, long, long list of social media fails
You might have to hand it to Tory MP Ben Bradley for his persistence – if nothing else – in sticking at social media in spite of being really, really bad at it.
Bradley is the author of what is still thought to be the most successful ever Tory tweet, when he had to publish a grovelling apology to then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for libelling him when he claimed Corbyn had sold secrets to ‘Communist spies’ – and ask Twitter users to please retweet it – in order to end legal action brought by Corbyn’s lawyers.
Bradley has also:
- claimed his own constituents used free school meal vouchers to buy drugs to try to win a dispute with footballer Marcus Rashford
- made false claims that Labour was discriminating against white people
- said that unemployed people should be sterilised
- claimed a local school agreed with him on free school meals – and was publicly corrected by a school governor and its head teacher
And this week he has been thoroughly owned by the daughter of Martin Luther King, after Bradley misused King’s words to try to justify his dismissive attitude toward anti-racism activists.
Bradley tweeted what appears to be a claim that a section of ‘MLK’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech meant skin colour was irrelevant and therefore activism such as the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement is redundant:
But King’s daughter Bernice put him right:
Bradley responded by deleting his tweet, so it’s not possible to see exactly what he was responding to with his comment, but it seems from Ms King’s correction that her dad’s speech was about fighting and eradicating racism that she took him to be advocating a slack ‘laissez faire’, ‘everything’s fine as it is’ attitude to it.
Mr Bradley did not respond to a request for comment on why he made the comment in the first place and why he deleted it.
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