Mere weeks after running an election campaign on “hated” benefit cuts, Labour are falling over themselves trying to out-tough eachother on welfare. Andy Burnham continues his rebranding as a centrist by saying people on benefits should not have “an easy ride”:
“some people say that Labour want to be soft on people who want something for nothing. We’ve got to be honest about that.”
Echoing tough-talking Liz Kendall:
“voters in my constituency do not feel people who are not working should get more than those in work”
Meanwhile deputy leadership contender Caroline Flint says welfare recipients need a “kick up the backside”.
They’re upsetting all the right people…