Looks like we are back in 1980’s with the politics of a “semi-house-trained polecat” – Owl
Harrison Jones metro.co.uk
A Conservative MP has suggested that the best ‘opportunity’ for people to cope with soaring bills is to get a job.
Blackpool South MP Scott Benton made the comments amid dramatic increases in the cost of living in the UK, with countless people in work struggling to pay their bills.
Fuel, heating and food are among some of the essentials rocketing in the UK, with experts fearing petrol could hit £2.40 a litre amid the Ukraine war.
Tory backbencher Mr Benton told the Commons: ‘It would be remiss of me not to point out that the state can only do so much.
‘Work pays and so getting people into employment so that they can provide for themselves and their families ultimately gives them the very best opportunity.’
His intervention came after the SNP’s Stewart Hosie read out a letter he had received from a constituent living with her disabled partner in a single-income household, who had done ‘everything in her power’ to cut costs.
The unnamed individual could not afford to ‘turn on the storage heaters due to the sheer cost’, the Dundee East MP said.
Mr Hosie explained that his constituent’s standing charge had more than doubled even though her electricity all came from renewables, and added she had been ‘flatly denied’ a pay rise or increase in expenses for her work-from-home job.
He added: ‘This is someone who has already done everything she can and yet has been hammered by energy price rises.’