Sledge of the Day – James Blunt

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:


Dear Chris Bryant MP,

You classist gimp. I happened to go to a boarding school. No one helped me at boarding school to get into the music business. I bought my first guitar with money I saved from holiday jobs (sandwich packing!). I was taught the only four chords I know by a friend. No one at school had ANY knowledge or contacts in the music business, and I was expected to become a soldier or a lawyer or perhaps a stockbroker. So alien was it, that people laughed at the idea of me going into the music business, and certainly no one was of any use.

In the army, again, people thought it was a mad idea. None of them knew anyone in the business either.

And when I left the army, going against everyone’s advice, EVERYONE I met in the British music industry told me there was no way it would work for me because I was too posh. One record company even asked if I could speak in a different accent. (I told them I could try Russian).

Every step of the way, my background has been AGAINST me succeeding in the music business. And when I have managed to break through, I was STILL scoffed at for being too posh for the industry.

And then you come along, looking for votes, telling working class people that posh people like me don’t deserve it, and that we must redress the balance. But it is your populist, envy-based, vote-hunting ideas which make our country crap, far more than me and my s–t songs, and my plummy accent.

I got signed in America, where they don’t give a stuff about, or even understand what you mean by me and “my ilk”, you prejudiced wazzock, and I worked my arse off. What you teach is the politics of jealousy. Rather than celebrating success and figuring out how we can all exploit it further as the Americans do, you instead talk about how we can hobble that success and “level the playing field”. Perhaps what you’ve failed to realise is that the only head-start my school gave me in the music business, where the VAST majority of people are NOT from boarding school, is to tell me that I should aim high. Perhaps it protected me from your kind of narrow-minded, self-defeating, lead-us-to-a-dead-end, remove-the-‘G’-from-‘GB’ thinking, which is to look at others’ success and say, “it’s not fair.”

Up yours,

James Cucking Funt

Totally awesome.


– The Telegraph


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  • Andy

    UK is full of wassocks. Good on Blunt for being like his namesake

    For more entertainment, check out this on the UK Green’s manifesto

    • The Accountant

      Dear God (oops, am I allowed that?). The Green Party must have already implemented the decriminalization of Drugs prior to writing their manifesto. That is some scary stuff that would knock us back to the dark ages faster than Islam.

    • That is the stuff of nightmares.

    • Geordie

      It almost makes our Green party look right wing. I bet they don’t talk about half of that on the campaign trail, it will all be about a fairer, more caring and greener society, just leave out the bit about how they want to go about it.
      The Greens think all other political parties don’t care about the environment and that they have a monopoly, but the longer the electorate is exposed to them, their support levels off, because we start to see their real agendas.
      Time for an environmental party

      • anonymouse

        jumpin bejesus, They make the Mcgillicuddy serious crowd look sane and reasonable.

        • Caprice

          I quite liked the McGillicuddy post natal abortion policy – up to the age of sixteen if I recall correctly.

      • Andy

        From the article

        The policy will enable people to “choose their own types and patterns of work”, and will allow people to take up “personally satisfying and socially useful work”.

        which rules them out then …

    • Annoyed

      I am officially scared. These policies are consistent at least. If they implement all of those policies there is absolutely no way they’re going to have anything even close to growth in their economy. Our Green party would try to implement those policies while saying it will increase growth.

    • Andy
    • ex-JAFA

      Well, now we know where Wussel’s been over the holidays. Helping the UK Greens write policy as a testing ground for here in 2017.

    • rustyjohn58

      They have escaped from the asylum, its nuts.

  • johnnymanukau.

    Good for you James Blunt, there is a hell of a lot of politicians and MSM people who would feel a hard stab in their hearts after reading your letter, well done.

    • Imogen B

      Sadly some politicians just keep on keeping on. Not satisfied with making a twit of himself the first time he opened his mouth on this subject, Chris Bryant has this to say:
      ”But the arts are the jewel in the crown of British industry; they can’t be as exclusive as the crown jewels. Every talent should have a chance, regardless of its background.”
      Utter claptrap.

  • The Accountant

    James Blunt – top bloke. Someone (was it WO?) cataloged his come-backs to puerile put downs sent to him on Twitter. Priceless.

  • timemagazine

    Hello Mr. Little. Did you read this post carefully?

  • jude

    Excellent to see shown in full here. I did comment on this when a Whale oil commenter posted a link the other day:) Shared to Facebook.
    It just isn’t socialism here ,it is everywhere!

  • hifuncblonde

    Now a fan of James Blunt.

  • Guest

    User Actions FollowingJames BluntVerified account‏@JamesBlunt
    To help people at the bottom of the tree join those near the top, give them a ladder, not a bow and arrow. @ChrisBryantMP

    7:53 PM – 20 Jan 2015

  • Wheninrome

    It does take an education to put things so succinctly.

  • Reaper

    I like the sentence “What you teach is the politics of jealousy.” There are a few here who do the same.

  • Richard

    I never liked Blunt’s music before reading this, I still don’t, but my estimation of him has gone up a few notches, I had him pigeonholed as a Trustafarian.

    • Wheninrome

      Why pigeonhole people. That is a big part of why the world has its troubles, what is the saying, “tarring people with the same brush”.

      • Richard

        I make no apologies for it.
        It’s an ancient and completely natural reaction when sizing up a stranger.
        It’s human nature to survey and judge people, are they friend or foe? are they a threat? do I like them?
        “Pigeonholing” is just a survival tool that has been dulled by the modern way of things.

    • Nige.

      My opinion of him went up when after receiving a “best male vocal” award he looked straight at the camera and said (paraphrasing) “ha! That will stick it up all you sods who said I sing like a girl”

  • Captain Darling

    What a splendid rebuttal to left wing bollocks.

  • MrBarrington

    Give than man a DB!!

    • Nic C

      Loved those ads! Still do

  • Nic C

    Well… when I woke up this morning, I certainly didn’t expect that by 3.30pm I’d actually like James Blunt!

  • Mikev

    Fantastic. We need a bit more of that sort of response here to some of the nonsense the left spout about priviledge, wealth inequality etc.

  • Pete
    • Imogen B

      Bryant isn’t even offering the bow – just the arrows!
      Nice work Mr Blunt.

  • MAWG

    I’m now a fan…..

  • All_on_Red

    Heres a clip of James Blunt being interviewed by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear. He’s quite a funny guy.

    • damm good thrashing

      Blunt is entertaining. Clarkson has the knack of making everyone seem interesting.

  • The2Game


    I must say that I have never been much of a Blunt fan (mind you, the number of musicians I am a fan of can be counted on the fingers of half a hand) but I like James 10000000000% better after having read that delicious rant!

    • Mags

      Almost worth downloading song.

  • Aucky

    That letter would be just as appropriate if it was addressed to Andrew Little.

  • peterwn

    Doing a bit of Googling turned up a few interesting things. Seems father, grandfather etc had all been in the Army, and he got an Army scholarship to Harrow, then went to Sandhurst. James obviously made things happen in his life, you need brains and get up and go to be accepted for Sandhurst. Then six years in the Army – a *real* job. Had to earn money for his first guitar.

    So it seems Chris Bryant MP assumed James was born with a silver spoon in his mouth because he went to Harrow and so vented his spleen on James. How pathetic.

    • Don W

      Didn’t he defie an order from a US General he considered was wrong and was backed up by his own British commander. It seemed that he was a good responsible soldier.

  • Honcho

    Labour, hypocrites the world over, here we have a labour mp bagging someone successful because he went to a flash school, well blow me down if the mp doing the sledging didn’t also come from a flash school.

    The singer spent years of his life in active service serving his country, the MP spent even longer being a leech at university, then as an unproductive but ‘fulfilling’ member of society, before becoming a labour politician, a representative of the working man, but one who has never in his entire life had dirt under his nails. He was a hypocrite since the day he was born.