Absolute Mayhem: Watch British PM struggle to justify nurses on food stamps (VIDEO)
In an appearance on the Andrew Marr Show, the host pressed May about the increasing number of British nurses relying on food stamps to survive.
"Lots of ordinary nurses, by the end of the week, are having to use food banks because they can't afford to pay for food," Marr told the PM in an interview on Sunday morning. "That is not the sort of country you want to run, is it?" he asked.
"I want a country that works for everyone, not the privileged few," May responded, in standard political form.
Marr was not so easily rebuffed, however: "We have nurses going to food banks, that must be wrong?"
In her response, the PM believed the issue was more nuanced than Marr was making it out to be: "There are many complex reasons why people go to food banks, and I want to develop an economy where, yes, we have a strong economy so we can pay for the public services that people need. But also we have an economy where we're creating secure jobs, and higher paid jobs for people."
Marr once again prodded the prime minister for an answer: "The problem is they haven't got enough money to eat at the moment."
However May stuck to her guns saying: "You're only going to be able to do this if you have a government which understands the importance of that strength in the economy. If you look at the proposals the Labour party is coming forward with, they’re nonsensical, simply don’t add up, and would actually lead to less money being available for the NHS, less money for public sector pay, and higher taxes."
Predictably May’s comments sparked a backlash on social media not least from Labour politicians.
Appalling refusal to recognise the human cost of Tory cuts https://t.co/U0pQfWWtqV— Angela Eagle (@angelaeagle) April 30, 2017
Theresa May: people are using food banks for complex reasons*.— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) April 30, 2017
*THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO EAT.
If Theresa May thinks the reasons people use food banks are complex, she has no business running a government— Jon (@_i0n) April 30, 2017
For Theresa May. A handy list of the many complex reasons why people go to food banks. pic.twitter.com/87zfKw6SJA— David Schneider (@davidschneider) April 30, 2017
Journalists are down at food banks today asking poor people what they want to say to May about their complex reasons for being there.— Michael Rosen (@MichaelRosenYes) April 30, 2017