James Blunt has hit back at a Labour MP for criticising his upbringing and produces an awesome sledge.
James Blunt, the singer, has issued a robust response to an MP who criticised his privileged background, saying his “populist, envy-based, vote-hunting” ideas were making the country worse.
Blunt told Chris Bryant, the shadow culture minister, he was teaching the “politics of jealousy”, after the MP spoke out to condemn a lack of diversity in the arts.
Mr Bryant told the Guardian one of his priorities if he became a minister would be to encourage fairer funding, encouraging organisations to hire from a wider variety of backgrounds rather than just “arts graduates from Cambridge”.
“I am delighted that Eddie Redmayne won [a Golden Globe for best actor], but we can’t just have a culture dominated by Eddie Redmayne and James Blunt and their ilk,” he said.
Blunt, who was educated at Harrow, served in the Army and is known for his no-nonsense response to critics on Twitter, has now issued a public reply to the MP, saying he had to work as hard as anyone in the music industry to combat accusations he was “too posh”.
James Blunt’s letter in full:
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