Coffee House General Election 2017 Steerpike

Listen: Dawn Butler’s car-crash interview – ‘this election is Theresa May trying to rig democracy!’

20 April 2017

6:11 PM

20 April 2017

6:11 PM

Oh dear. Today Jeremy Corbyn kicked off Labour’s general election campaign with a speech on his party’s vision for a fairer society — complaining that the current system was rigged. However, confusion over whether Labour would consider holding a second referendum, if elected, distracted from the message.

Now Dawn Butler has dealt the party another blow with a disastrous interview on Radio 4’s PM. The Labour MP appeared to be having a bad day as she blustered through the interview with Eddie Mair — claiming this election was May’s attempt at rigging democracy:

‘Labour will make this country fairer and that’s how they will overturn a rigged system. This election is Theresa May trying to rig democracy.’


Things took a turn for the worse when Butler tried to explain in what way exactly the Conservatives try to ‘rig’ democracy.

EM: If the calling of the election is rigged, why did Labour support it?

DB: They’re trying to rig the system. Labour supported it because it gave us an opportunity to talk about Labour policies.

So, surely Butler had some of corruption under Tory rule. Perhaps, say, some examples of companies not paying their taxes? Butler said that Labour would make sure that businesses such as ‘Costa Coffee, etc, who don’t pay their taxes’ do pay their taxes.

Only there’s a problem — Costa does pay its taxes. As Butler has since had to clarify through the medium of social media:

Taxi for Dawn…

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