‘Why even bother to protest?’ BBC guest bashes Labour MP for not doing more to stop Brexit – Express.co.uk
Journalist and comedian Viv Groskop, a guest on Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5, conceeded Ms Smith had done a “good job” on engaging young people into voting but questioned whether they had later been failed.
Groskop said: “I wonder now if you haven’t perhaps let some of those people down by missing your moment.
“I mean Theresa May took an incredible gamble, which she lost.
“You also happened to win that gamble in a small, inconclusive way with a hung parliament but you failed to capitalise on the moment.
Comedian Viv Groskop accused Cat Smith and the Labour party of meaningless protests
So why even bother to get out and protest then?
‘You’ve mentioned yourself that the Queen’s Speech has come and gone, that means that moment has gone.
“Don’t you somehow feel like you’ve let people down by missing that moment?
“Getting in ahead of the Queen’s Speech and just doing something.”
On the back foot, Ms Smith said there was little the Labour party was able to do.
“Well obviously the parliament arithmetic is such that if there is a Conservative and DUP deal then there are more of them then there are of all the other political parties in parliament,” she said.
“In terms of winning votes in parliament, the arithmetic isn’t in Labour’s favour right now.”
But Groskop continued with her criticism and said the party should do more to challenge the Government.
She added: “So why even bother to get out and protest then? Just get on with the business of being in opposition.
“Either you contest the hung parliament and you get in there or you don’t.”
Ms Smith replied she hoped there was another election “very soon” and a Labour government.
“I mean we’ll be holding to account this government for as long as they manage to cling on to power, I think that’s been absolutely clear,” she said.
“I hope there is another General Election very soon and I hope that Labour can be in government.
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“It was disappointing to not win the General Election but I’m very pleased at how far we came in such a short space of time in that General Election in terms of being 25 points behind at the beginning to gaining seats.”
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of telling voters an ‘outright lie’ after claiming fewer working class people were applying for universities.
The emboldened opposition leader told anti-austerity protesters outside Parliament “fewer working class young people” were “applying to university” due to student debt.
But angry Conservatives were quick to correct the far-left Labour commander – and accused him of peddling lies to his crowd of socialist supporters.
Camden Councillor Oliver Hooper said: “This is an outright lie.
“Application rates from low-income homes have never been higher.”
And Jo Johnson, the Universities minister and younger brother of Brexiteer firebrand Boris Johnson, tweeted: “Actually, no.
“Disadvantaged young people now more than 40 per cent more likely to go to university than they were in 2009/10.
It comes as Theresa May’s deputy has suggested it is time for a “national debate” on tuition fees as the party look to steal the support of Mr Corbyn’s young voters.
First Secretary of State Damien Green, who serves as the Prime Minister’s second-in-command, admitted the university funding system was a “huge issue” and claimed the idea of scrapping fees was “a national debate that we need to have”.
Mr Green made the comments alongside a slew of party-reforming ideas to the liberal Conservative think tank Bright Blue as the party look to stem Mr Corbyn’s surge in popularity following the snap General Election.