After a night of historic humiliation, Theresa May makes a fatal error at prime minister’s questions

Theresa May at PMQs
Support us and go ad-free

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.

“The reality of people’s lives”

Corbyn said:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

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:

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.

Featured image via YouTube – ITV News

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us