Mere weeks after running an election campaign on “hated” benefit cuts, Labour are falling over themselves trying to out-tough each other on welfare. Andy Burnham continues his re-branding 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”.
Liz Kendall wants to hike defence spending while pursuing austerity. So what's she going to cut to build her battleships?
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) May 29, 2015
Labour's Andy Burnham suggests he might back further welfare cuts. Depressing http://t.co/4gWqpDSBth
— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) May 29, 2015
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) May 29, 2015
They’re upsetting all the right people…