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Yesterday at Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn used his questions to highlight the poverty crisis created by the Tories. That’s a good thing, right? Well the mainstream press didn’t seem to think so.
Jeremy Corbyn stood up in the House of Commons to ask his allotted questions yesterday and he didn’t lead on Brexit as expected.
Instead, he chose to address the massive poverty crisis in the UK. 14.2 million people in poverty to be exact.
I happened to be in the car so put LBC on the radio. Not long after Corbyn started talking about Universal Credit and the lack of growth in wages presenter James O’Brien interrupted.
“Well that’s not the PMQs we were expecting so we’ll leave it there,” he chimed.
Whilst I know O’Brien is infatuated with all things Brexit, this was a new level of contempt for anti Corbyn Messiah.
MPs are debating Brexit for 8 hours a days over five days, with the so called “meaningful vote” next week.
Yet apparently a few questions on how people are suffering, is just too much.
120,000 deaths from austerity, rising homelessness, Universal Credit forcing people into poverty and disabled people being told they’re not disabled by the government. 6 questions on that is too much?
I’m currently very busy with personal matters but having seen the reaction from alleged journalists, I’m disgusted at how out of touch with reality they are.
BBC Political Correspondence criticized Mr Corbyn because he spoke about “something else.”
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
14.2 million people struggling and a UN report to back it up, is NOT something else.
Robinson then tweeted later I’m what I think was an attempt at a rollback but honestly, I’m not sure.
Don’t interrupt your enemy when they’re forming a circular firing squad is, no doubt, @jeremycorbyn’s thinking and, of course, poverty & Universal Credit are vital issues. Nevertheless the choice of subject is revealing https://t.co/v4KzxfldSF— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) December 5, 2018
He seems to be implying that Corbyn didn’t ask questions about suffering to raise awareness, rathet he did it as a tactical ploy.
Nick being the good BBC mouthpiece is expected to have views like this.
After all, Professor Philip Alston’s damning report on poverty in the UK was on the BBC app for no more than 13 hours. Six Brexit stories stayed a further three days before being removed.
There were plenty more commentators critical about the Labour leaders questions a d nearly all that were faced a fierce backlash from the public.
It’s an extremely sad state of affairs when highlighting poverty is wrong. But this is 2018 Britain so anything is possible.
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