It all started when Chris Bryant MP said when talking about the winners of the Golden Globes:
"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.”
The MP used the Harrow-educated singer to make a point about people from poorer backgrounds needing a leg up to succeed in the arts.
The public argument has brought back into the spotlight the issue of arts and the privileged.
To discuss this issue further was Bryony from Arts Emergency which helps low income students access the arts, Bob and Roberta Smith who is standing against Michael Gove MP in the general election to illustrate issues with the government's arts policy, and writer and historian Robert Hewison, on Headline London.
John Reid is head of Live Nation Europe, part of the world's biggest live music promoter, and he's worked with many high profile acts including Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Beastie Boys, Madonna, Green Day, Linken Park and James Blunt.
In an interview with Chris Blackhurst, he defended the singer and claimed his army past helped Blunt achieve music industry success.
This caused the singer James Blunt to write an open letter to the Labour Shadow Minister for the Arts calling him a ‘classist gimp’ and a ‘wazzock.’
Now the spat continues on Twitter:
To help people at the bottom of the tree join those near the top, give them a ladder, not a bow and arrow. @ChrisBryantMP— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) January 20, 2015
@nicolaT1968 it depends who's being given the ladder— Chris Bryant (@ChrisBryantMP) January 20, 2015
@craigharrison82 I admit it's ambiguous who 'they' are who have the ladder— Chris Bryant (@ChrisBryantMP) January 20, 2015
@LLBPhoto maybe this talk of top of the tree is part of the problem <<analogy too far>>— Chris Bryant (@ChrisBryantMP) January 20, 2015