Diane Abbott Gets Numbers Wrong Again – Blames ITV For Asking Question
Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott (pictured above) found herself in more ‘numbers’ trouble yesterday as she once again struggled to explain the correct figures for how Labour’s policing policy would be implemented.
Abbott was famously caught out on LBC during the General Election campaign, in an interview that attracted widespread derision, and which was eventually explained away by the news that Abbott was having health issues.
However, yesterday’s interview, if anything, was even worse.
In an interview with ITV news on rising crime figures, Abbott came unstuck once again on the policy as she attempted to explain how Labour would pay for its plan for 10,000 extra officers:
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‘What we have is we would find the money to recruit the ten thousand police people by cutting the…. we would find the money because we would look at capital gains tax. The Tories have cut capital gains tax and we want to restore it. That would give us I think £170… sorry’
By our calculations that works out at £0.017 per officer!! But don’t worry, help was at hand. Happily, soon after her aide stepped in – explaining that it was £300m she needed:
‘We think that by restoring the cuts in capital gains tax that would give us another £300million a year.’
Abbott has since explained that it is not her fault she doesn’t know how Labour will pay for one of its flagship policies – instead, it’s ITV’s fault for asking the question. After the show she tweeted:
‘Sick of “gotcha” journalism? I certainly am. Maybe journalists should try focusing on the real issues that affect peoples lives.’
Maybe Ms. Abbott should focus on purchasing a decent calculator!!
Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com