There’s a reason we call her “Thicky” Nicky. Tory High Command will be fuming this morning.
The reason? Former education secretary Nicky Morgan admitted on the BBC’s Question Time that she and her Conservative colleagues voted down a motion to give poverty-stricken children free school meals during the holidays – not for any practical reason, but because a Labour MP insulted one of them during the debate.
Angela Rayner has apologised for using that word during a speech by Christopher Clarkson. Considering the content of his speech, one is moved more to sympathy with her point of view than his.
So it is doubly hard to accept “Thicky” Nicky’s excuse as she peddled it out on Question Time – more so because she backpedalled in the face of criticism and tried to say the Labour Party was wrong to introduce the debate as an Opposition Day motion.
And she was still saying the Tories were reacting petulantly to the way the debate was being carried out, rather than to its content – the necessity of helping to feed children in England.
Those children are now set to starve, because Tories like Nicky Morgan made up excuses to be upset.
Here’s her outburst, as televised:
“The Labour party might have found they got more supporters if the deputy leader hadn’t called one of the Conservative MPs scum.”
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) October 22, 2020
And here’s some of the outrage it sparked:
So, let me get this right. Nicky Morgan said that the Tories may have decided not to vote for free school meals because one of them was called ‘scum’?
They reacted to being called scum by behaving like, err, scum?
— Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) October 23, 2020
So Nicky Morgan on #QuestionTime essentially just admitted that kids are going to go hungry over winter because they didn't want Labour to look good politically……@AngelaRayner was right, all 322 Tories are #SCUM
— John Henry Foster (@Fozzler90) October 22, 2020
(There are more than 322 Tories but that’s the number of their MPs who voted down the motion to feed starving children.)
Did Nicky Morgan REALLY just say that supporting FSM children in school closure period would have been higher had Conservative MPs not been called scum
Absolutely unbelievable@bbcquestiontime #bbcqt
— Dan Morrow FCCT (@MoreMorrow) October 22, 2020
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) October 22, 2020
— The Poke (@ThePoke) October 23, 2020
— Matt (@MattTheMrM) October 23, 2020
There are now moves to shame all the Tories who voted against this motion online, simply by pointing out what they did to their electorate.
This Writer notes that my own MP – Fay Jones – voted against it. She represents a Welsh constituency – and I don’t think it’s a good look for a Welsh Tory to be voting to starve English children.
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