Tim Farron on Dominic Raab: the Alan B’Stard view of politics

Did you spend this fine morning out campaigning, or were you sitting on your sofa watching Victoria Derbyshire? I hope it was the former, but if so you will have missed a choice gem from Dominic Raab. You may remember that he was once a Conservative justice minister.

The discussion turned to food banks and the fact that they were being used by nurses in some parts of the country. Dominic Raab made this comment:

What they tend to find is the typical user of food banks is not someone that is languishing in poverty, it is someone who has a cash flow problem episodically.

As you might imagine, Liberal Democrats were not slow in coming forward to condemn his views. Tim Farron said:

Dominic Raab is woefully out of touch and has no idea how much real people are struggling.  We are seeing nurses, police officers and the just about managing having to go to food banks as their paychecks won’t stretch any further.  People are hurting and the Tories, with comments like this, show they just don’t care.

Today, the mask slipped and we saw the real Tory Party.

The real reasons people have to go to food banks are low incomes, benefit delays, debt and homelessness.

These are stupid and deeply offensive comments by Dominic Raab and he should apologise.  This is the Alan B’Stard view of politics that shames him and his party.

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10 Comments

  • Jenny Barnes 29th May '17 - 5:22pm

    Why did they make Dominic Raab a minister?

  • And how do you shake off the fact that two years ago you were in government with them? How do you get back the votes of those previously persuaded to vote lib dems to keep the Tories out.

  • Did Tim forget that Nurses were supposedly using food banks during the coalition years?

  • Nicholas Cunningham 29th May '17 - 7:40pm

    The coalition years, time stands still for some.

  • As someone working for one of the first foodbanks, I can say the demand has increased under every government. The comments by the Tory are insensitive to say the least. Nearly all those using our food bank do so as a last resort. Some are homeless, but most are families with debts, late benefit payments, long standing problems. These are real people with real needs. We provide help and support as well as food.

  • Richard Underhill 29th May '17 - 9:03pm

    Tim Farron said that we would not go into coalition with Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. The SNP leader is not standing for Westminster, but does want to influence a Labour cabinet, presumably by remote control.
    Theresa May has noticed that Nicola Sturgeon would support a coalition with Labour, but has cheekily added us to the supposed deal. She is not a Liberal Democrat spokesperson, no way, no deal, this is cheeky. She should apologise.

  • There are some really dubious things being said about food banks such as:

    “There are many complex reasons why people go to food banks,” and

    “The only real conclusion I think can be reached from the evidence we have is that the reasons underlying the increase in their use are multifaceted and complex:”

    Tim is right to be calling people out on these

  • YellowSubmarine 30th May '17 - 6:59pm

    If the LIb Dems need to start pursuing remarks made by an EX Parliamentary Under Secretary then they are in real trouble.
    While it is troubling to hear that individuals or families are in need of food banks they are not a full time option. For example Trussell Trust only allow three days food three times a year.
    This level of support would not stop family’s starving if it was their only option. You have to assume that for the rest of the time people are managing ?
    The impression from this article is that families are dependant on food banks all year round to survive. Which is obviously not the case.
    Although it is most worrying to see anybody in need of food banks, over dramatising the situation or trying to score cheap political points does little to help anybody.

  • Dave Orbison 30th May '17 - 10:27pm

    Yellow Submarine – I find your comments alarmingly complacent. In my area teachers have been bringing food to help school kids. Local support groups have had to change what type of food was given to some families because it required heating and it was realised they did not have the funds to obtain gas/electric.

    You give the impression that going along to a food back is akin to popping in to a village summer fete and picking up a couple of free cakes. There are people coming before the courts literally starving with no means as benefits are cut through sanctions for the most trivial and disproportionate of reasons.

  • Simon Banks 7th Aug '17 - 9:22am

    In a sense, he’s right: many food bank users are waiting for benefits to come through. When the benefits finally start coming in, they’ll just about cover the basics, but meanwhile a family is desperate with nothing to buy food. This does not just happen with new claimants, but with various changes the system deals with slowly.

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