Mixed reaction after John Redwood makes joke about Bayeux Tapestry

John Redwood, one of the borough’s four MPs has been accused of losing the plot following a blog post on the Bayeux Tapestry, which then became a series of messages posted on the social media network Twitter.

Mr Redwood, who represents the Wokingham constituency, wrote about the French president’s visit to the UK today where he promised to loan the Bayeux tapestry to the UK.

The 70m long artwork depicts the Norman conquest of England in 1066 and, subject to tests to ensure it can be safely moved, the 11th century tapestry will be displayed sometime after 2020.

Mr Redwood said: “Mr Macron comes with a rare gift – a loan the Bayeux tapestry to the UK.

“This fine and ancient work of art chronicles the misery and violence of war, showing the deaths of men and horses in battle and the torching of someone’s house.

“While I’m sure the offer is well meant, I will pass over the unfortunate truth that it depicts an invading French army killing England’s King with the deaths of many in the English army, before taking over the government of our kingdom. It was the last time England was defeated in war by a hostile continental invasion, though many more attempts were made at enforced political union with the continent.”

He then went on to argue that Emmanuel Macron came to the UK to talk about “the immediate issue of economic migrants, and the longer term issue of Brexit. We read in advance that he wants the UK to take more economic migrants, and that he wants to reduce the migratory pressures in and through France. It is difficult to see how these two aims are compatible,” he noted.

“I trust when he turns to Brexit Mrs May will reaffirm that any deal must be better than No Deal. That means it must secure us control again over our money, our borders and our laws.”

However, the audience on Twitter was mixed. Some focused on Mr Redwood’s comments on immigration while others ridiculed his views.



Of course, if John can’t wait until 2020 to see the tapestry, he can pay a visit to Reading Museum, which has its own replica on display.

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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