Welsh Labour MP apologises for tweet that called Brexit supporters ‘thick’
A Welsh Labour MP has apologised for a tweet that called Brexit supporters “thick”.
Chris Bryant, who represents the Rhondda, came under fire for retweeting a post from columnist Tim Walker that blamed Brexit for empty shelves in supermarkets.
It included an image of mocked-up signs with messages such as: “If you voted for Brexit. You can f*** off out of here.
“You thick t***s. You probably voted Conservative huh?
“Brexit caused this. All other COVID affected countries have plenty of stock.
“If you did not vote for this we are truly sorry.”
Bryant later removed the retweet, saying: “My profound apologies, I hadn’t spotted the appalling language and removed my RT, again I apologise.”
Tory MP Peter Bone has criticised Bryant, telling TalkRADIO: “If you can’t win the argument you attack the person, instead of playing the ball – you play that player.
“And I think Chris Bryant, who was a huge fan of remaining in the EU, loves the EU.
“He’s lost the argument, Brexit has proved to be a success.
“The fact that we had the vaccination programme is because we weren’t in the European Medical Agency.”
He added: “So he can’t win the argument so he attacks the players and I think on reflection Chris Bryant will probably think that was a bit of a silly remark and he should really apologise for it.”
“I don’t agree with Chris Bryant on his policies and I just think when you do that you show that you’ve lost the argument.
“Chris should be fair-minded and say he shouldn’t have said that, he’s insulting more than half the country.
“It’s just not what you should do as a politician, you should argue about the policy, you shouldn’t argue about the people… it’s just a silly thing to say.”
Tim Walker reacted to the furore, saying: “I just had a message from this radio station about this. An earnest po-faced chat about what is clearly a joke.
“I think it’s true what I write in my forthcoming book #StarTurns. This country lost its sense of humour around the time Ronnie Corbett died.
“It makes me think of that line Coral Browne came out with to Alan Bates as Guy Burgess in An Englishman Abroad, when she said the problem she saw with Communism was that everyone looked so joyless. It’s the same thing I feel about the system we’re getting all too used to here.
“Anyway they don’t want me on any more. I wanted to make a robust defence of having a sense of humour.