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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Corbyn Skewers May On Social Care At #PMQs (Again)


Of course this is just my opinion. And that's worth the same as everyone else's opinion.



But I'm not alone here.


Theresa May looks about as comfortable as what Tom Watson would in a size 8 leotard on the front of The Sun. I disliked David Cameron, that's no big secret. I used to tweet him almost daily, asking him questions. I never got a reply, of course. I'd imagine the staffer would look at my tweets with their eyes rolling.

But he was ten times better at Prime Ministers Questions than what Theresa May is. The same can be said for Blair, Miliband, Hague, Smith, and yes, Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn wins the exchange weekly. Some commentators will point this out, few focus on Theresa May's inability to convince anyone of a word she is saying. Corbyn chose today's PMQs to point out the shameful and urgent crisis social care in Britain is currently facing.




This is what Theresa May said:


“We have been putting more money into social care and health”
Theresa May, 14 December 2016
This is what Jeremy Corbyn said:

“The Prime Minister doesn’t seem to be aware that £4.6 billion was cut from the social care budget in the last parliament”Jeremy Corbyn, 14 December 2016
And THIS is what fullfact found out:

It’s correct that spending on adult social care fell in the last parliament. Because the funding system is complicated, there are a number of different ways to measure this, one of which supports Mr Corbyn’s specific claim.
By contrast, funding is expected to rise in this parliament, taking inflation into account, although not until 2017. That said, experts from the Nuffield Trust, Health Foundation and King’s Fund warn this won’t be enough to make the system sustainable.
Mr Corbyn is referring to day-to-day spending by local councils in his claim, using estimates from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).
An ADASS report in June 2015, based on a survey of its members (almost all of whom responded) found that there had been a £4.6 billion reduction in adult social care budgets between 2010/11 and 2015/16.

That's good enough for me. Theresa May, I do not believe you.


This is what one media outlet had to say: Jeremy Corbyn embarrasses Theresa May over Social Care at PMQs



For me, Corbyn's refusal to go along with the pantomime, his non-abusive, reasoned questioning and his genuine honesty can go a long way. If he had a sensible PLP on board it could go much much further. 



"GET A GRIP" - Corbyn goes for May at PMQs - Video from PMQs, 14/12/16


Before I go, I've heard a few people on Twitter asking about Jeremy Corbyn's silence over the Syrian crisis. So I will leave this letter from Corbyn to the Prime Minister just here. Then you can ask if the silence is coming from Corbyn, or the party machine spreading the 'No plan' theory. Corbyn has a plan alright, and the more people that get on board, the more chance we have of making it happen.








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