Rhondda MP comes unstuck when challenging a critic over Peruvian politics
“Do you know anything about Peruvian politics? Have you even been there?”
This is how Labour MP Chris Bryant responded when one Twitter user challenged his views on the recent Peruvian election.
The question addressed to Alan MacLeod who had reacted to Chris Bryant’s post stating: “Perú is a wonderful country but it’s depressing that voters were left with a choice between Fujimori and Castillo. Sadly the new cabinet looks set to take the country down a failed Marxist route.”
It prompted this bruising exchange:
With an academic background in Latin American studies, Alan MacLeod is now a journalist, writer and recognised expert on politics and media reporting in the region.
Chris Bryant’s original post was referring to the recent election of Pedro Castillo as Peru’s president and his appointment of a left-wing lawmaker, Guido Bellido, as the country’s prime minister.
The make-up of the new cabinet has been criticised by many who were hoping for a more moderate and ‘centrist’ government.
One Twitter commenter responded to the exchange saying, “Chris Bryant just took a career-ending two footer” while Welsh commenter @tomicaws said it was “Chris Bryant doing Chris Bryant things”.
Chris Bryant is a fluent Spanish speaker who has knowledge of Latin America after having travelled through the region and served as a Minister for Latin America.