What kind of idiot thinks Jeremy Corbyn is going to waste Prime Minister’s Questions on Brexit when he’s supposed to be debating it with Theresa May in a TV special?
Idiots like the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and Nick Robinson, and The Sun‘s Tom Newton-Dunn, that’s what kind.
If he had talked about Brexit, then Mrs May would have had an excuse to say there was no point in a separate televised debate, which has been the subject of considerable argument in recent days – it would have got her off the hook.
So instead he reminded us all of what the Tories are doing in the background, while Brexit takes up all our attention – driving most of the UK into grievous poverty.
It’s a good policy when there’s a chance we’ll have a general election in the very near future.
Here’s Peter Stefanovic to explain what happened:
And now here‘s The Canary‘s Steve Topple to explain how the mainstream media reacted: “But…! But…! Corbyn should have gone for #Brexit at #PMQs – says the Westminster bubble who’ve never been in poverty in their lives.”
That’s right, the idiots carped – and got what they deserved on the social media. Here’s Laura Kuenssberg:
These are hugely important issues of course – problems with universal credit and poverty – but govt is falling apart, defeated three times yday, if Labour really wants to push them into general election can’t help thinking not best topic today to put pressure on May
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) December 5, 2018
Clare Hepworth OBE responded: “This is UNBELIEVABLE it is SURREAL! Politics Live & L. Kuenssberg actually criticising Corbyn for majoring on poverty.”
Wolfie was more on-the-nose: “Absolute bollocks. Several hours were spent on Brexit last night, and it will be debated for days to come. UC and poverty is killing people now, and Jeremy Corbyn is right to highlight it. Heaven knows, you at the BBC won’t.”
Tom Pride went for satire: “BREAKING: comfortably off BBC journalist pampered in her luxurious Westminster bubble can’t understand why anyone would want to talk about families struggling to make ends meet. More soon …”
Here’s Nick Robinson:
Given the chance of a head to head debate with the PM on Brexit a day after a historic series of defeats for the government @jeremycorbyn chooses to use his 6 questions at #PMQs to ask about something else
— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) December 5, 2018
Adam Bienkov was incisive: “The outrage every time Corbyn asks about something other than Brexit at PMQs says a lot more about the obsessive one-track mind at Westminster than it does about the Labour leader.”
Corbyn Supporters 50+ spelt it out – personally: “Your tweet so clearly demonstrates your unconscious incompetence and it’s preventing you from realising that Jeremy Corbyn is more politically astute than your level of understanding allows you to contemplate. In other words – you’re an ignorant, pompous ass.”
Tom Pride was on a roll: “BREAKING: comfortably off BBC journalist pampered in his luxurious Westminster bubble can’t understand why anyone would want to talk about struggling families. More (lots more) soon …”
Now here’s Tom Newton-Dunn:
The Govt is on its knees, Brexit is in crisis, and the Tory party in total disarray. But Jeremy Corbyn ignores all that to ask all 6 Qs about a worthy UN report on poverty. That’s some political judgement #PMQs
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) December 5, 2018
Jack Pottinger countered directly: “It was brilliant political judgement. While all this Brexit nonsense plays out real people are suffering due to political decisions made by this government.”
Tom Pride had, by now, settled into a pattern: “BREAKING: out-of-touch, comfortably off journalist pampered in his luxurious Westminster bubble can’t understand why anyone would want to talk about families struggling to make ends meet. More soon …”
At least Anna Soubry had an excuse, as she could be said to have had an ulterior motive:
Less than 24 hours after #PM lost 3 important votes in 90 mins the so called Leader of HM’s Opposition failed to ask 1 question on said defeats & the impending #BrexitDeal defeat at #PMQs. #Corbyn is hopeless & exhibits a dereliction of duty. Anyone would think he wants Brexit.
— Anna Soubry (@Anna_Soubry) December 5, 2018
So Evolve Politics got straight to the substantive issue: “And anyone would think you’re perfectly happy with the sickening levels of poverty and homelessness your government has created.”
That’s right – she is.
If you doubt that, consider the 87 per cent rise in child homelessness reported by Shelter.
Or think about the “lost decade for wages” described by Jeremy Corbyn in the clip below. Watch Theresa May’s reaction carefully:
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) December 5, 2018
She laughed. Like so many Tory MPs, she thinks it is funny that so many people are being bled dry. And this disgusting reaction was seen by millions of disgusted viewers:
Jeremy Corbyn absolutely on fire talking about the Tories persecuting the poor and disabled on universal credit and Theresa May sat down laughing about it🤔 Tories have absolutely no decency #PMQs
— James (@Jaduk99) December 5, 2018
Jeremy Corbyn was ABSOLUTELY right to major on the Alston report and the JRM report – there are FIVE days of #Brexit.
It was OBSCENE to witness the PM and the Tories LAUGHING at the mention of poverty, deprivation & low wages !!
The pundits on #PoliticsLive didn't mention that !
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) December 5, 2018
The Tory media poodles want you to think Mr Corbyn failed to land a killer blow, but the following sounds like a sucker-punch to me:
Why else would so many people have taken it up and repeated the reference to a sickening public relations stunt by Conservative MPs over the weekend? Take a look:
Jeremy Corbyn: "Food banks are not just a photo opportunity for Conservative MPs – all of whom supported the cuts that have led to rising poverty in this country" #PMQs #ShamelessToryBastards pic.twitter.com/aNgARFxNTB
— Another Angry Voice (@Angry_Voice) December 5, 2018
.@jeremycorbyn: “Foodbanks are not just for photo opportunities!” #PMQs > 14 million people are in poverty in the UK. That’s one in five people. It’s not just @UKLabour saying it – even the @UN has said that the Tories are in a “state of denial” about poverty in this country pic.twitter.com/3qObqib3jh
— Clive Lewis MP (@labourlewis) December 5, 2018
And what did Mrs May have to say in reply?
Theresa May says the Tories had to take “difficult decisions” on benefits. They cut taxes for the richest and cut benefits for the poorest. That isn’t “difficult”, it’s immoral #PMQs
— Lisa Nandy (@lisanandy) December 5, 2018
.@theresa_may is going over the usual arrogant nonsense about benefits. People are NOT better-off, and the govt is NOT saving money. We heard about her #ContemptOfParliament yesterday – now we are seeing her contempt for the people she is supposed to serve. #PMQs #PoliticsLive
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) December 5, 2018
.@theresa_may has no defence against claims by .@jeremycorbyn about mistreatment of the poor. All she can do is attack .@UKLabour because she cannot defend herself. We've heard this before and she's coming across as a silly, braying old Scrooge. #PMQs #PoliticsLive
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) December 5, 2018
So we see that, far from scoring an “own goal”, as some news-hacks have claimed, Mr Corbyn sidestepped an attempt to get Mrs May out of the televised Brexit debate to which she had challenged him, raised an issue that highlighted despicable behaviour by her government and Tory MPs generally, and delivered a crippling criticism of that behaviour.
That strikes This Writer as a good job, well done.
And for those who are still unconvinced that Mr Corbyn did the right thing: Consider the following tweet from campaigner Paula Peters, whose opinion on the government’s mistreatment and impoverishment of people with disabilities is always well worth learning:
While everyone is concentrating on Brexit, spare some thought for disabled ppl losing PIP, social care, ESA, claimants sanctioned, facing eviction, going hungry. Many are dying & having human rights violated. Christmas isn’t happening for many. Rise up! #GTTO
— paula peters (@paulapeters2) December 5, 2018
It seems Mrs May has scored enough own goals herself to make such an uprising – at the ballot box – a distinct possibility.
Let us hope we all have a chance to demonstrate our opinion of her, and the privations she has inflicted on us, in the very near future.
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