Tories slammed over cost of living crisis they created

Loadsamoney: but it has all gone to the wrong people. Boris Johnson doesn’t care but as public opinion turns, he may soon suffer for his insensitivity.

March 16 was a bad day in Parliament for Boris Johnson, even though he wasn’t there.

The cost of living crisis over which Johnson has presided underlined everything under discussion in (Deputy) Prime Minister’s Questions – and in the debate before it on the BBC’s Politics Live.

This Writer regrets being unable to bring you video of the exchanges due to a technical hitch.

But I do have audio!

First you will hear Jo Grady of the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) saying that solutions to poverty problems have been found – usually by people outside the government who genuinely have the public interest at heart. She goes on to slam the Tory government for overseeing stagnating pay, the proliferation of insecure work, insufficient benefits and energy prices spiralling.

“The idea that workers have to … be the shock absorbers of bad economic policies is unacceptable,” she says.

Then Alliance MP Stephen Farry can be heard in Parliament, pointing out that the 3.1 per cent increase in benefits agreed by the Tory government last September is “untenable” now inflation is pushing seven per cent.

Finally, you will hear Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner absolutely excoriating the government for its failures on all fronts.

While there are huge problems with the current version of the Labour Party, which is unlikely to do much to help ordinary working and working-class people if it comes into office, this sound track is worth hearing for Rayner’s words alone.

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