— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) 16 January 2018
Footage has emerged from 2010, that shows a newbie MP failing to tell the difference between the debt and the deficit.
Despite boasting of her background in financial services, asked very clearly what the current national debt was, newly elected Rachel Reeves replied: “£156 billion” – the size of the UK budget deficit when the Tories came to power in 2010. She was speaking to Martin Durkin, for his documentary ‘Britain’s Trillion Pound Horror Story’:
Reeves would be rapidly promoted through a series of Labour financial briefs…
Meet Alyessa. Vox-popped in Birmingham by the BBC this morning, she revealed why she’s voting Labour:
“Because Labour are the party that help people on benefits.”
Despite some vague tough talk from Rachel Reeves, Labour opposed every single one of IDS’s reforms and their client supporters are grateful. It’s the dirty little secret that the Labour Party refuse to accept: Benefit reform is hugely popular.
Polling by Ipsos Mori found that:
Being the ‘party that help people on benefits’ may soothe your base, but the public don’t like it…
How does the aspiring Work and Pensions Secretary want to raise money for Labour’s new flagship policy in Scotland?
— Rachel Reeves (@RachelReevesMP) March 24, 2015
Reeves wants to scrap the bedroom ‘tax’ and “use the savings” to raise £175 million. But, as should be obvious from Labour’s name for the policy, the bedroom ‘tax’ actually reduces government spending. Saving around a billion pounds so far in fact. Therefore scrapping it would not, as Reeves thinks, ‘save £175 million’. On the contrary, it would cost over a billion. Not like Reeves used to be at the heart of Labour’s Treasury team or anything…
— C4 News FactCheck (@FactCheck) March 24, 2015
Following her comments denigrating the unemployed, Labour’s grassroots have turned on Rachel Reeves:
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) March 17, 2015
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) March 17, 2015
I wonder what JK Rowling thinks of Rachel Reeves comments about Labour not being the Party of those out of work?
— Phil Lee (@philleehh) March 17, 2015
Rachel Reeves really is doing her best to mimic Iain Duncan Smith
— M4-T (@MatofKilburnia) March 17, 2015
Good lord. Rachel Reeves really is a nasty piece of work, isn't she? Where are the actual socialists in the Labour Party?
— Louis Barfe (@LFBarfe) March 17, 2015
— Iain (@Iain_33) March 17, 2015
This isn't the first time @RachelReevesMP has beaten Tories at their own game bashing sick, poor and vulnerable! Is she in the wrong party?
— Sheila Scoular (@sheilascoular) March 17, 2015
I will have to look at Rachel Reeves' comments in detail. Because on the face of it, she is desperately trying to convince me to vote Green.
— Dave Busfield-Birch (@Davebusfield) March 17, 2015
Rachel Reeves just made it impossible for me to vote labour
— Steve mid (@Stevemid110) March 17, 2015
Disgruntled Labour members can join the Green Party here…
What will Labour’s grassroots make of Rachel Reeves distancing her party from people receiving unemployment benefits? The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary is talking tough in the Guardian today, in very un-Guardian-y language:
“We are not the party of people on benefits. We don’t want to be seen, and we’re not, the party to represent those who are out of work. Labour are a party of working people, formed for and by working people.”
Are Labour trying to get more of their supporters to follow in Jack Monroe’s footsteps? Slagging off their core vote is a bold move…