Monday, 29 May 2017

Chris Bryant seems to have forgotten his Tory past.

Chris Bryant who us defending the Rhondda seat for Labour seems to have forgotten part of his own CV.

In the Wales Online guide to the Constituency Battle he was asked 


What inspired you to get in to politics?


Two words. Mrs Thatcher. When I was a young vicar in the 1980s I saw what Mrs Thatcher had done to the inner cities and the mining communities of this country and how she had promoted greed and selfishness by letting the banks run riot. It made me angry and determined to do everything I could to change this country. She did something else. She sucked up to dictators like General Pinochet in Chile, who had killed and tortured friends of mine – so I wanted to stop this country selling arms and torture weapons to dictatorships – and she had allowed Rupert Murdoch to have far too much power. My biggest fear now is what the Tories will do if they get a massive majority.
Which is odd since according to the Wikimedia entry we are told 


"After completing his first degree, Bryant began his training to be a priest in the Church of England at Ripon College Cuddesdon in Oxfordshire. There, he obtained a further degree in theology. Although initially a member of the Conservative Party, and an elected office-holder in the Oxford University Conservative Association, he joined the Labour Party in 1986 after leaving Oxford."
Now I have no problem with Mr Bryamt   if he admitted to formally bring a Conservative , and  at the age of 24 changing his views. Many people  have a difference with the Politics of their youth however he was  asked What inspired you to get in to politics? and being an elected member of the Oxford University Conservative Association unless they had a very small membership ,seems to be he was an active member and not just there for the social life.

He does not however seem to use the excuse pf Ed Balls who while at Oxford University he was a partially active member of the Labour Club, but also signed up to the Liberal Club[ as well as the Conservative Association
"because they used to book top-flight political speakers, and only members were allowed to attend their lectures" 

Of course Bryant was an enthusiastic Blarite , and maybe his shift in political thought was not that radical.

 While at Oxford University he was a partially active member of the Labour Club, but also signed up to the Liberal Club[10] as well as the Conservative Association, "because they used to book top-flight political speakers, and only members were allowed to attend their lectures" according to friends.[11] Balls was a founding member of the all-male drinking club, The Steamers, and suffered embarrassment when a contemporary photo of him wearing Nazi uniform appeared in the papers.[12] 
Its not as if people are not aware of Chris Bryant past affiliation, but maybe as Plaid seem to be making advances in the Constituency maybe this not the time to remind the people of Rhondda.

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