Back of the net, Jez

PM wal­loped in Par­lia­ment over aus­ter­ity Low Marx for hol­i­day book pick MAY FUN? YOU MUST BE JOK­ING

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I’M not sure any­thing shows the gap be­tween the West­min­ster and the wider coun­try than Prime Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions.

In Par­lia­ment we imag­ine the whole na­tion grinds to a halt to watch the weekly grilling of the PM.

Peo­ple ea­gerly gather round ra­dios, work­ers are called in from the fields, kids stop play­ing.

But, as was pointed out to me this week, if at 12pm on a Wed­nes­day you re­ally want to watch a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the red team and the blue team then BBC One’s Bar­gain Hunt is on.

In some ways it’s a shame, though, be­cause this week Jeremy Cor­byn did what he’s been threat­en­ing to do for a long time.


He com­pletely took Theresa May apart. It has been a long road to get to this point for the Labour leader but worth the wait.

Manch­ester United’s Paddy Crerand once said about George Best that the star’s foot­work left op­po­nents with “twisted blood”.

And that was the case this week. Mrs May was gut­ted, de­mol­ished, ru­ined, schooled – take your pick.

This came about be­cause Mr Cor­byn at­tacked with ques­tions on aus­ter­ity.

And she has no an­swers. None. Zero.

So she evades and ducks and dives. To get an an­swer about aus­ter­ity you need to talk to the po­lice, fire­men, teach­ers, NHS, armed forces, coun­cils DE­SPITE all her prob­lems, one of the few things Theresa May’s has go­ing for her is she is seen as a strong leader.

Fo­cus groups come back say­ing the same thing – peo­ple see her as a solid fig­ure to be trusted on se­cu­rity and guide the coun­try through Brexit, etc, etc. But in­stead and ask how it’s go­ing for them? Ask the peo­ple who are work­ing but are still on their way to food banks how the end of aus­ter­ity is com­ing along. I’ll save you a bit of time – it’s not go­ing well. Mr Cor­byn said: “Poverty is up. Home­less­ness and deaths on our streets are up. Liv­ing stan­dards down, pub­lic ser­vices slashed and a mil­lion el­derly are not get­ting the care they need. “Wages have been eroded and all the while bil­lions were found for tax give­aways for big of stick­ing to her strong points, No10 in­sid­ers plan to high­light her hu­mour.

Ap­par­ently, be­low the lay­ers of awk­ward­ness she has a re­ally, re­ally funny dry sense of hu­mour.

I know, me nei­ther, but that’s what they say. Here’s the prob­lem – the danc­ing was the first step in cor­po­ra­tions and the su­per-rich.” Hard to ar­gue with that. Still, Mrs May in­sists it will soon be over. Re­joice!

Feel free to start plan­ning what you do with your in­fla­tion-bust­ing pay rise – back­dated to the start of all this belt­tight­en­ing. Ve­gas maybe?

Dis­abled peo­ple – wait for the call telling you your Per­sonal In­de­pen­dence Pay­ments are be­ing re­in­stated.

Bring on that fine spring day when all the li­braries, play­ing fields, post of­fices, bus ser­vices, swim­ming pools, youth clubs, will reap­pear.

Not long now. As soon as I hear the that di­rec­tion and wasn’t funny. At a din­ner last year she de­scribed Philip Ham­mond as “like a drier, less friv­o­lous ver­sion of Linkedin”, and David Davis as Mad Max. How we all laughed. But fair play to her. She won’t win an election so might as well try out for Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent. date I’ll let you know. Aus­ter­ity. The name it­self is too snappy for this hor­ror show, which has in­flicted mis­ery upon mis­ery and, at its most ex­treme, has killed peo­ple.

Call it what it is – A bru­tal cam­paign of cut­ting pub­lic ser­vices and tar­get­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble.

Not a catchy name, but ac­cu­rate. And when we emerge from it, all we’ll see is the rich have some­how made it out even richer.

“The end is in sight,” said the Prime Min­is­ter last week. Yes, Theresa. Yes it is. We can’t wait.

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