British election debate without Conservative coward Theresa May

This video from England says about itself:

BBC Election debate – with Theresa May hiding (incomprehensibly)

All party leaders were present in a lively BBC debate in Cambridge – except Theresa May – which proved to be a misjudgement. Here are the opening statements and the closing statements (BBC News, Election Debate 2017. May 31, 2017)

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

BBC’s debate night of cheers, boos and … er … crowd surfing

Friday 2nd June 2017

AMBER RUDD was booed by a large crowd in Cambridge when she turned up at the BBC’s election debate in place of Theresa May.

Students, residents and trade unionists chanted: “Where is Theresa May?” and “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” outside the Senate House on Wednesday night.

They sang a version of Winter Wonderland decrying: “One … Jezza Corbyn … But where’s T’resa May? She’s not here today, she’s afraid of competit-ti-on.”

The Daily Mail and right-wing pundits threw a tantrum after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was heavily applauded in the debate — and Home Secretary Ms Rudd faced laughter when she asked voters to “judge us on our record.”

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “This is deja vu. In 2015 I called out the BBC audience for being hard left wing. It’s even worse this time.

“The BBC audience was full of leftwingers tonight and BBC executives should be sacked because of it.”

But a BBC spokesman strongly refuted the allegation, saying: “The BBC asked polling company ComRes to pick audience that is representative of the country demographically and politically.”

In a heated confrontation with Ms Rudd, Mr Corbyn said: “I would just say this to Amber, if she thinks this is a country at ease with itself: have you been to a foodbank? Have you seen people sleeping around our stations? Have you seen the levels of poverty that exist because of your government’s conscious decisions on benefits?”

Ms Rudd, who has been linked to companies in the Bahamas tax haven, repeatedly said Mr Corbyn would fund his election pledges via a “magic money tree.”

At the demo outside, sociology student Keira Dignan said she felt it was necessary to protest “so Theresa May doesn’t get away with not turning up and not representing her opinions.”

She added: “She’s using scaremongering, rather than actual policies, to get votes. She shouldn’t be hiding from her own people.”

Politics student Signe Kossmann said Ms May’s absence from the debate was “embarrassing.”

In the “spin room” at the Cambridge Union Society, Cabinet Minister Damian Green attempted to duck debating Labour spokespeople following the debate — instead insisting he was interviewed individually.

But shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry barged into his interview and insisted on debating him anyway.

A second interview with Mr Green was photobombed by shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner, who a ruffled Mr Green was seen saying: “Barry, this is embarrassing.”

Asked by the Star for his reaction to the televised showdown, Mr Gardiner cackled: “Jeremy won the debate!”

Referring to the response of the audience, he said it showed they would “put our future with Labour and Jeremy Corbyn.”

Britain’s snap election is not shaping up to be what Theresa May anticipated.

December 2018: Labour calls out cowardly Theresa May on her attempt to ‘dodge’ Brexit debate with Jeremy Corbyn.

82 thoughts on “British election debate without Conservative coward Theresa May

  1. Friday 2nd June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    THERESA MAY repeats ad nauseam that only she is strong and stable enough to negotiate Britain’s exit from the European Union, but who knows what her agenda is?

    May derides Corbyn as not having a Brexit plan, but the totality of her vision for Britain after leaving the EU is to create “the world’s great meritocracy,” by which she understands an expansion of grammar schools in England.

    “You can only deliver Brexit if you believe in Brexit,” she intoned in Teesside, perhaps forgetting that she campaigned for Britain to remain an EU member.

    Indeed she told merchant bankers — her core audience — just weeks before the referendum vote: “If we were not in Europe, I think there would be firms and companies who would be looking to say, do they need to develop a mainland Europe presence rather than a UK presence? So I think there are definite benefits for us in economic terms.”

    May followed the City line of remaining and her priority is still doing a deal to benefit transnational finance sector interests no matter the effect on the rest of the economy.

    The Tory leader’s refusal to come clean on this reflects her reluctance to give details on other aspects of economic policy.

    She jumped like a scalded cat when pensioners twigged that there was no upper limit on home care charges under her proposed dementia tax, insisting that there would be a cap but wouldn’t say what it would be.

    Old people’s winter fuel payments will not be a universal benefit if she wins another term in Number 10, but she won’t reveal a qualifying cut-off income.

    Chancellor Philip Hammond had to drop his idea of raising national insurance for self-employed workers because of Cameron’s manifesto pledge, so May has dropped the “no rise in income tax or national insurance” commitment but won’t confirm her plan to reinstate Hammond’s scheme.

    While Labour has costed its entire economic programme, the Tories have made various declarations without the slightest effort to suggest where the cash may come from.

    On both the economy and EU exit negotiations, May recites: “Trust me, I’m a Tory politician.”

    Far from Corbyn not having a plan, he stresses that EU citizens working here would be entitled to remain here indefinitely, that all EU workplace and environmental conditions must be maintained and that a mutually beneficial trade deal should be negotiated to defend jobs and national income.

    While the Labour leader followed his party’s position of remaining in the EU, he understood clearly that, once a decision was taken last June 23, it must be accepted and implemented by government.

    Too many in the labour movement accepted the Establishment line that the Leave decision was cast irrevocably in the image of the Tory far-right and Ukip and heralded an extended era of economic disaster for working people.

    Some berated those on the left who campaigned to leave the EU neoliberal straitjacket that has crucified the people of Greece, together with the bloc’s racist Fortress Europe policies that condemn countless thousands of refugees to drown in the Mediterranean.

    Such defeatists should acknowledge their own political short-sightedness as the Tories and their Kipper allies are currently in chaos while the odds on a Corbyn-led Labour victory are narrowing daily.

    The sharp contrast over how to negotiate Brexit between Corbyn’s progressive internationalism that puts workers’ interests first and May’s boardrooms-dictated waffle should strengthen Labour’s position still further.

    Trounce the Tories and charge Corbyn’s team with negotiating a People’s Brexit.


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