In the flurry of excitement over the local elections, Chi Onwurah’s Question Time appearance has been cruelly overlooked. Happily, Mr S is on hand to right this wrong. The Labour MP’s attempt to criticise the Tories over student loans backfired last night.
The Labour MP spoke of her apparent fears that a working-class student could be put off university by the amount they would have to pay back. But Onwurah didn’t account for a furious Martin Lewis, who was also on the Question Time panel, taking her to task for her comments:
Astonishing scenes on #bbcqt as a furious moneysaving expert Martin Lewis destroys Labour’s Chi Onwurah over her attempts use student debt as a political football….
— Voice of Reason (@brexitblog_info) May 4, 2018
‘Don’t tell them that! You making your political points and you are doing that and you put off young people from underprivileged backgrounds from going to university with the fear of debt by framing it as a debt when you know it doesn’t work like that. Your political football that you and all the parties have used student finance to be, has miseducated a generation about how student finance works. It is an abomination.’
Well, at least Onwurah can be safe in the knowledge she got that lesson for free…