This exchange would be hilarious if it wasn’t about turfing poor people out of their homes and failing to provide new accommodation for them.
David Cameron clearly lost this exchange – he didn’t have a single good answer.
This is the shape of Prime Minister’s Questions to come.
The Prime Minister has failed to guarantee social housing tenants would get new homes in their areas once they’re demolished.
The Tories’ new housing bill contains a string of measures which could drastically reduce the country’s stocks of social housing, which thousands rely on to keep a secure roof over their heads.
There are rule changes, sell-offs and pledges to bulldoze homes.
But at Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, Jeremy Corbyn warned the £140m promised to bulldoze sink estates was a ‘drop in the ocean’ that wouldn’t even cover the cost of the bulldozers.
He pointed out affordable homes will include houses to buy for £450,000, not just those to rent.
Yet the PM replied with a political jibe.
“I accept this isn’t as carefully thought through as his reshuffle,” he sniped. “I gather it’s still going on, it hasn’t actually finished yet.”
Mr Corbyn asked if poor families would be able to afford starter homes costing a staggering £450,000 in London.
“I very much hope they will,” Mr Cameron replied.
Mr Corbyn damned Cameron with statistics from Shelter.
They show people on the new ‘national living wage’ won’t be able to afford starter homes in 98% of council areas.
The Prime Minister replied with an attempt to paint himself as the saviour of the poor.
He said: “He owns his home. I own my home. Why can’t we let those 1.3million people live in their homes?”
It was pointed out on Twitter that Mr Cameron lives in 10 Downing Street, which he definitely doesn’t own.
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