November 3, 2016
Theresa May has told Jeremy Corbyn to watch a film about commodities brokers who toy with a homeless man’s life for a bet to understand why she couldn’t give a flying fuck.
Responding to Mr Corbyn’s suggestion she watch ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to understand the unfairness of benefit cuts, the prime minister said the 1983 comedy Trading Places showed the cuts were funny.
She said that as well as making the rich richer and the poor poorer, it was “important that the system offered some light entertainment, some less fortunate people on whose fates a small wager can be placed”.
“Fairness only helps the poor, and that’s not fair,” she added, prompting a wave of chuckles from the Tory benches in the Commons.
Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green admitted he hadn’t seen Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’, about a sick man’s struggle to get by after being deemed fit to work, but said: “Actually it sounds worth a look. A pound says he tops himself.”