This is what James Blunt has to say about Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant, Labour's shadow culture minister, has said the arts world needs to address its diversity problem, with a more meritocratic culture and fewer people from privileged backgrounds.

“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 told the Guardian.

A fair point you might think. But, ever one for a sharp-tongued comeback, Harrow-educated Mr Blunt has clearly taken offence to being singled out.

The singer sent a scathing letter to the Guardian in which he addresses Mr Bryant as a "classist gimp" and a "prejudiced wazzock" and defended his own success in the music industry.

Here's one of the choicest quotes:

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 shit songs, and my plummy accent.

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