Wonderful moment for Evan Davies on R4’s Today programme this morning. They’d found him a deserving poor person to pour scorn on the government’s plans to cap benefit payments to large families.
Or so they thought. But it all went a bit wrong.
The poor are always with us
It is axiomatic at the BBC the poor are downtrodden, oppressed, aching to be liberated by their betters, etc. etc; and that the women in particular are all moneyless versions of Lady Toynbee.
Alas, the interviewee proved to be neither.
Eileen McCoy, a robust and articulate Catholic mother of ten, wasted no time in informing Evan that her construction-worker husband had been priced out of his job by immigrants; and that the council had given all the large houses to the ethnic minorities.
And she blamed the previous government! Way off-message!
You could hear Evan almost fainting with horror as he tried to move the discussion on.