After a night of historic humiliation, Theresa May made a fatal error at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on 5 December. Jeremy Corbyn slammed the prime minister after she openly laughed at insecurity and poverty in Britain. May’s widely condemned behaviour came the day after MPs found her government in contempt of parliament.
Corbyn is right to be angry at Theresa May for laughing as he talks of a decade of wage stagnation during #PMQs.
— Michael Segalov (@MikeSegalov) December 5, 2018
“The reality of people’s lives”
The chief economist at the Bank of England describes the last decade as a ‘lost decade’ for wages…
And then, noticing May’s reaction, he added angrily:
Well the prime minister might laugh at this. It’s the reality of people’s lives.
From the financial crash in 2007 until 2015, real wages (accounting for inflation) in the UK fell by 10.4%. And it hasn’t improved. Real wages continue to fall as Britain dwells rock bottom in the wage growth league.
Still, May seems to think austerity and falling wages are something to laugh at. Corresponding to the drop in living standards, life expectancy in Britain stalled in 2018 for the first time since records began.
And the night before May’s shocker in the Commons, the government made yet more history. May’s administration became the first to be found in contempt of parliament, after trying to ignore a binding vote from MPs to publish legal advice on Brexit.
On social media, few were impressed:
Not a good look when Theresa May is accused of laughing at claims there has been no wage growth for a decade #PMQs
— Shehab Khan (@ShehabKhan) December 5, 2018
During #PMQs Theresa May laughed and jeered with her cronies when Jeremy Corbyn mentioned poverty. The Prime Minister, the supposed leader of the UK, is laughing at poverty. How is this not being utterly condemned by the media? How is this not a BBC news headline?
— Jack Turner 🌹| #GTTO 🚮 (@JacketPotato97) December 5, 2018
How can anyone vote for that. #GTTO ✊🌹
— Labour_now_uk #GTTO (@labour_now_uk) December 5, 2018
This is the reality for many of the people I represent, and it is no laughing matter. https://t.co/C4NLYTdLws
— Dan Carden MP (@DanCardenMP) December 5, 2018
The Cabinet laughing at those struggling on Universal Credit and using foodbanks is really not a good look #PMQs
— Paula Sherriff MP (@paulasherriff) December 5, 2018
One day, the prime minister is holding parliament in contempt; the next, she’s holding working people in contempt – people who are facing hardships she can’t even imagine.
Let’s bin May and the Tories. Now.
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