The gloves have been off within the British Parliament this morning, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn traded verbal blows after Corbyn accused the PM of misogyny and “discriminatory” insurance policies.
Corbyn’s seething verbal assault started moments after he referred to as on the Conservative authorities to pledge over £100 million in further funding for the brand new Domestic Abuse Bill. Without warning and to the clear shock of the chamber, Corbyn then started dredging up a sequence of disturbing outdated quotes from Johnson that depicted him as sexist and chauvinistic.
“The prime minister has made repeated offensive remarks in opposition to single moms and their kids. He described them as ‘ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate,’” Corbyn mentioned.
“Against Muslim women, saying they appear like ‘bank robbers’ [and] in opposition to working women suggesting one of the simplest ways of coping with recommendation from a feminine colleague is simply to ‘pat her on the bottom and send her on her way.’”
Corbyn’s assault continued as he claimed that Johnson’s “offensive phrases are backed up with offensive and discriminatory insurance policies,” noting that 86% of the financial cuts made by latest Tory governments have fallen “disproportionately on women.” Corbyn insisted that this, mixed with a falling life expectancy for the poorest women in society, ought to invoke an instantaneous apology from Johnson’s authorities.
Johnson — who could possibly be seen shaking his head in rage on the sudden assault — didn’t look like in an apologetic temper. He instantly fired again.
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed within the Commons over motion on home abuse.’I will take no classes in sexism from a celebration the place good feminine MPs are bullied out of their occasion, simply because that they had the heart to face as much as the local weather of anti-semitism’#PMQspic.twitter.com/vzNhpCBQTR
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“I am happy with what this authorities has performed to advertise the rights of women,” Johnson shouted. “I am proud we have now a file variety of feminine MPs. This is the one occasion that has produced two feminine prime ministers.”
Johnson then challenged Corbyn on Labour’s distinct lack of women leaders over the years, suggesting that the Tories are literally those who champion feminine empowerment.
“Wouldn’t it’s an incredible factor if that occasion was to supply a feminine chief of their very own? Don’t maintain your breath!” he mentioned.
Looking for that last knockout blow, Johnson referenced the problem of anti-Semitism which has been plaguing Labour’s repute beneath Corbyn’s management. “I will take no classes in sexism from a celebration the place good feminine MPs are bullied out of their occasion, simply because that they had the heart to face as much as the local weather of anti-Semitism,” he bellowed.
Corbyn and Johnson have a historical past of launching apoplectic tirades in opposition to one another from throughout the dispatch field. At the tip of final 12 months, as Brexit fever ramped up and the UK teetered on the point of an election, Johnson was reprimanded for calling Corbyn a “nice large woman’s shirt” and a “chlorinated hen.”
Then, following the Conservatives’ landslide election victory in December, Corbyn was criticized for utterly ignoring Johnson because the pair walked to the opening of a brand new Parliament session.
At the tip of 2019, Corbyn declared that the Labour Party was “the resistance” to Boris Johnson’s authorities and vowed to get out “on the streets” to struggle again in opposition to Tory coverage.
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