What a disaster for the Conservatives. Here’s David Cameron’s response to criticism of the Budget:
“Britain is the envy of the world. Britain is getting stronger. Labour is a threat to the economic security of people’s families. Labour is proposing more spending and more debt. ”
All are questionable factually and none answered the questions that were put to him.
Asked to apologise for the uncertainty in which Personal Independence Payment claimants were plunged by George Osborne’s Budget statement a week ago, Cameron wheedled: “You do not get every decision right.” Perhaps he is hoping we’ll forget that cutting PIP was the major plank of the Budget?
He repeated the half-truth that disability spending is increasing. Maybe spending is rising as a whole, but there are more claimants due to the failure of other Conservative Government policies, meaning the amount people receive has fallen. That’s compassionate Conservatism for you!
Cameron repeated the lie that poverty has fallen. The fact that I’m calling it out as a lie straight away shows how useless it is.
The prime minister said the removal of the PIP cut could be absorbed, allowing Corbyn to land another heavy blow: If it’s easy to absorb the axing of the PIP cuts, the Opposition leader asked, why make those cuts in the first place? Would he reverse the ESA cut as well?
Cameron avoided answering the first question and said only that the ESA cuts had been passed by Parliament. True – but only after he claimed financial privilege to prevent the Lords from sending them back.
Here are the facts about ESA: Apparently Tory MPs were told that the £30 per week cut was only for people who were capable of work, indicating they don’t understand the benefit at all. By definition, nobody claiming ESA is capable of work.
On the “black hole” at the centre of Osborne’s Budget, Cameron avoided an answer but started banging on about the deficit the Tories inherited in 2010. Six years ago!
Then he went off on a rant about paying off our debts today, rather than leaving our children to pick up the tab. What about tuition fees, then?
It seems clear that Cameron realised he was sinking, so he turned to his gimmick of the day – a leaked document that appears to name Labour MPs who are hostile to Corbyn. One wonders which Blairite traitor handed that list to their enemy…
Rather than answer any questions, Cameron decided to pick out members of the Opposition and read out what the document said about them.
Was this any way for a statesman to behave? Of course not.
Yet in its summation of the clash, The Guardian‘s commentator said, “It was Cameron’s day.”
In a pig’s mouth, it was.
Cameron was flailing badly and ended up sinking beneath the weight of his own drivel.
His day has been and gone, and good riddance.
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