As Boris Johnson prepares to drag us all through another diabolical Parliamentary session, let’s just remember some rotten things they’ve done while Parliament was in recess, courtesy of Indy100:
1. Tory party chairman hypocritically moans about electoral pacts
Oliver Dowden complained about a suspected electoral pact between Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
…Except in 2019 Nigel Farage stood down 317 Brexit Party candidates ahead of the general election to help the Conservatives deliver Brexit. He called it a “Leave alliance” but Johnson said they hadn’t made a pact. A more official pact, then, was when the Tories went into coalition with the Lib Dems in 2010.
2. The spectre of Right to Buy returns
Johnson wants to give housing association tenants the right to purchase their homes at a massive discount.
Polly Neate, the chief executive of homelessness charity Shelter, has labelled the plan a “hare-brained idea” that is “the opposite of what the country needs”.
3. Nadine Dorries’ attacks on Keir Starmer backfire, twice
When the Mail ran stories about Starmer having a beer and a curry while campaigning during lockdown last year… Dorries… met backlash for being misleading when she shared a Mail story [that] used a stock image of Starmer eating a curry that was taken in 2015. Then she told Starmer that those wishing to be PM should be honest with the public, and people found it very ironic indeed.
4. Boris Johnson has ridiculous response to pensioner facing cost of living crisis
[When Johnson was interviewed on GMB] Susanna Reid spoke about a 77-year old widow named Elsie whose energy bills have increased from £17 a month to £85 meaning she will pay £816 more a year.
To cut costs, she has “resorted to eating one meal a day” and is “losing weight”. “She goes to the supermarket at the end of the day to buy yellow stickered discounted items, she gets up early in the morning to use her freedom bus pass to stay on buses all day to avoid energy at home,” Reid said.
Reid asked Johnson want Elsie should do and after saying he didn’t want her to cut back on anything, he said:
“Just to remind you, the 24-hour freedom bus pass was something that I actually introduced.”
“Marvellous so Elsie should be grateful to you for her bus pass,” Reid quipped back
.@susannareid100 tells the PM about 77-year-old Elsie who eats one meal a day and stays on the bus all day to avoid using energy at home.
She questions the PM about the comments he made about people having to make choices about what they spend their money on. pic.twitter.com/26b7kPuBNh
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) May 3, 2022
5. He also made false claims during the interview
Johnson’s claims about free bus passes, the Conservative’s record on cutting council taxes and the UK’s economic growth weren’t exactly true. Someone tell Dorries…
6. Minister suggests people buy value brands to cope with soaring prices
Asked about what families could do to cut costs if they want to cook a Sunday roast, George Eustice told Sky News: “Generally what people find is going for some of the value brands, rather than own-branded products they can actually contain and manage their household budget.”
7. ‘Local’ Tories accused of misleading voters
In the lead-up to the local elections, people noticed that some Tories had splatted “local Conservatives” all over their posters to distance themselves from the national party and their mistakes.
Areas including Birmingham and St Albans listed people running for council as “local Conservatives” and in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Conservative leaflets said: “this election is about local issues, not national issues”.
Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, said: “It speaks volumes that Boris Johnson’s own Conservative candidates are ashamed to be associated with him and trying to pull the wool over voters’ eyes.
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