If you can’t see what’s wrong with the pictured evoked by the headline, it’s simple: nobody should be earning less than the minimum wage.
There’s a reason it’s called the minimum. It is the legal limit below which no employer should be paying anybody.
But the Johnson government’s Work and Pensions Secretary – who should know this – didn’t.
Therese Coffee really is a waste of a Commons seat.
On Sky News yesterday (October 14), she refused to answer when Kay Burley repeatedly asked her if she could live on £5.84 an hour.
Instead, she said people could claim Universal Credit to have that amount topped up (after the obligatory five-week wait, but she didn’t mention that).
Or those with more than £16,000 in savings – which she described as “substantial” although This Writer is sure she and her fellow Tory ministers would consider it a pittance – could drill into that money until it is gone.
What a charmer. Here she is, avoiding the question:
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) October 14, 2020
And here’s the backlash:
“Could you live on £5.84 an hour?”
Therese Coffey: "Claim Universal Credit or spend your savings!”
— StrongerStabler (@StrongerStabler) October 14, 2020
“Could you live on £5.84 an hour”
Therese Coffey basically says
“Look Kay, I’ve only got 2 answers on this sheet of paper, Claim #universalCredit or spend your savings”
— kerry Hooper🌹 (@hewitson10) October 14, 2020
KAY BURLEY: [14 hours into the interview, the question has now been asked nearly ten thousand times] so could you live on £5.84 an hour?
THERESE COFFEY: I think the question is "what's your favourite colour"
KAY BURLEY: uh no, the-
THERESE COFFEY: blue pic.twitter.com/Fv23DmHi7W
— Gpoptosis (@Gpoptosis) October 14, 2020
Kay Burley: “Could you live on £5.84 an hour?"
Therese coffey : “under new guidance, people earning minimum wage "may be eligible" for universal credit "depending on household income"
Carers earn less than minimum wage. Carers live on less than £5.84 an hr. Carers don’t “live” pic.twitter.com/BAeiNbuepm
— ⚫️Dan White 🇪🇺🌎♿️🦠✊🏿🏳️🌈 (@Danwhite1972) October 14, 2020
Pondering the mystery of Therese Coffey, a James Cleverly zinger comes to mind. pic.twitter.com/DmnPjUFwPI
— Paul (@PaulOnBooks) October 14, 2020
(For those who can’t read images, Cleverly tweeted that, at elections, Labour think you’re an adult at 16, but when it comes to bus travel you’re not an adult until 25 – to which The Daily Politik responded that, when it comes to paying taxes, the Tories think you’re an adult at 16, but you don’t qualify for an adult minimum wage until 25.)
Meanwhile, the Tories have used the Covid crisis give huge amounts of cash to firms run by their chums, avoiding the normal tendering process. One such firm is paying people the equivalent of £1.5 million per year – each – to do nothing.
That is what the Conservatives call “levelling up”: they take your cash and use it to further enrich their friends.
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