Appalled MP takes down BBC on air after host claims UK poverty ‘must be’ Labour’s fault

Laura Pidcock on the BBC

BBC Politics Live host Jo Coburn tried to blame the Labour Party for the Conservatives’ record on UK poverty on 22 May.

“Must be your fault”

Shadow business minister Laura Pidcock put a newly published UN report showing the “tragic social consequences” of Tory-led austerity on the Politics Live agenda. In response, Coburn first tried to switch the topic away from the UN report:

Let’s stick to schools because you’re moving onto something slightly different here

She then sought to blame Labour:

That must be your fault as the opposition because you’ve not done enough to bring these issues to the fore

Pidcock later took aim at the BBC‘s coverage:

This should have been a headline on the BBC. This report should’ve been the main story.

Read on...

“Tragic”

The UN report is scathing. According to UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston, austerity, which the Lib Dems enabled in the coalition government, has “crystal clear” results:

14 million people living in poverty, record levels of hunger and homelessness, falling life expectancy for some groups, ever fewer community services, and greatly reduced policing, while access to the courts for lower-income groups has been dramatically rolled back by cuts to legal aid.

Alston also said that “UK standards of well-being have descended precipitately in a remarkably short period of time, as a result of deliberate policy choices made when many other options were available”.

Nonetheless, on the BBC, Coburn seemed preoccupied with the affairs of the ruling class – like the spectacle of a spiralling Conservative Party. It took Pidcock to bring the UN report onto the Politics Live agenda. And even then, Coburn had the cheek to put blame onto her party for an unaccountable government.

Featured image via Laura PidcockMP/ Twitter

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