'Right-wing Labour MP Margaret Hodge has referred to ending austerity as a ‘bribe’.
“Those sort of bribes…”
Margaret Hodge says that tuition fees and reversing austerity are 'bribes' to the electorate. I'm certainly glad we're not going back to the Labour party of austerity and illegal war. pic.twitter.com/cbIXfTERfW
— simulacra ???️ (@simulacrax) June 9, 2019
The MP for Barking, who has previously smeared her own party’s leader, said:
I want a Labour Party that brings honesty into our politics. What we’ve got, if we do have anything, is a whole range of unrealistic promises, whether it’s on reversing all the cuts of the last decade, whether it’s on promising we’ll do away with tuition fees. Those are promises that will not be fulfilled. That unrealism, those sort of bribes actually in my view, in an era of scepticism… is not the way to win election.
Hodge’s comments echo Conservative leadership contender Dominic Raab, who reduced supporting disabled people to a “childish wish list”. These comments suggest that Hodge and Raab believe the majority of people should cover for the ruling class that brought about the financial crash.
“Have her replaced”
On social media, people were unimpressed:
When Hodge went to university she (like me) didn't have to pay tuition fees
But Margaret thinks giving young people what we benefited from is now a bribe.
I think not forcing people into huge debt just to get an education is the right policy.pic.twitter.com/9GWnjffoYg
— Saul Staniforth (@SaulStaniforth) June 10, 2019
Read more: Watch anti-Corbyn MP Margaret Hodge call ending austerity a ‘bribe’ for the electorate