Monday, 20 Sep 2021

Peter Bone fires back against MP implying Brexiteers are ‘thick’ – ‘He lost the argument!’

Peter Bone discusses Chris Bryant's Brexiteer retweet

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Peter Bone appeared on TalkRADIO where he was asked for his opinions following Labour MP Chris Bryant retweeting a photoshopped image which suggested the empty shop shelves were because of Brexiteers which also called them “thick t***s”. Mr Bryant was widely condemned online for “insulting” his voters and constituents who may have voted for Brexit considering his seat voted to leave. Mr Bone took up arms against the story and said Mr Bryant and people on the other side of the political argument had to resort to insults as they could not argue against their opponents.

Mr Bryant is the MP for Rhondda Cynon Taf which voted 53.7 percent in favour of Brexit. 

The MP retweeted an image from columnist Tim Walker which showed mocked-up signs in a supermarket blaming Brexit for the empty shelves. 

Mr Bone appeared on TalkRADIO and fought back against the Brexit attack. 

He told the programme: “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.

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“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.

“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.”

After the outcry of sharing the image, Mr Bryant removed the retweet and apologised.

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He said: “My profound apologies, I hadn’t spotted the appalling language and removed by RT, again I apologise.”

But radio host Patrick Christys pointed out the MP did not apologise for offending or attacking people who voted for Brexit.

Mr Bone continued: “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.”

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Critics have said concerns over supermarket deliveries have been influenced both by the “pingdemic” which has forced hundreds of retail staff to isolate and the lack of HGV drivers. 

Some HGV companies have lost staff due to the new working visa requirements following Brexit – adding to an already increasing shortage of drivers. 

Supermarket Iceland revealed 1,000 employees, four percent of its overall workforce, have been asked to isolate over the past week resulting in “a number of stores” shutting down.

Shops are also struggling to find HGV drivers to deliver food across the country with Tesco stating 48 tonnes of food is being wasted by them each week due to the shortage.

Pre-pandemic, there was a shortage of around 600,000 drivers with Brexit and the pandemic increasing that by an extra 100,000.

Managing Director of Iceland Foods Richard Walker revealed last week there were concerns over staff shortages following the pandemic before the Government introduced exemptions to the Test and Trace app.

He told Good Morning Britain: “We have a structural issue with HGV drivers for a variety of different reasons but of course the pandemic has made it even worse.

“The sort of double-pronged problem is that our store workers are now getting pinged as well.

“We have over a thousand who’ve been pinged and they’re having to self-isolate at home.

“The result of these two issues combined means that we are starting to see some availability issues and it is increasingly very challenging to keep our shops open.

“To keep lorries travelling to our shops to supply food on our shelves and keep stuff in the shops to serve the customers.”

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