Ken Loach On BBC Question Time Asks Why Tories Back Business But Not The Poor

Loach said before the film’s release: “The most vulnerable people are told their poverty is their own fault.

“If you have no work it is your fault that you haven’t got a job.

“It is shocking. It is not an issue just for people in our country, it is throughout Europe and there is a conscious cruelty in the way we are organising our lives now.”

Loach said while researching the film, workers at the DWP admitted to being “humiliated at how they were forced to treat the public”.

Many of those involved in the film are from working-class backgrounds including the director and main actors.

Hayley Squires plays the young single mother and her mother still lives in social housing. 

She said of the film: “Normal people are led to believe that this amount of people are on benefits and are therefore scroungers, and this amount of people are going to work to pay so that they can scrounge.

“They’ve left us to argue among ourselves so they can keep doing what they are doing.”

Loach suggested this is what leads to the rise in popularity of groups like the EDL and Britain First.

He said: “It’s how the far right rises, isn’t it? It’s how the far right rises.”

David Dimbleby presented BBC Question Time from Gloucester. On the panel were Conservative business secretary Greg Clark MP, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer MP, president of the Liberal Democrats Baroness Brinton, film maker Ken Loach and Dia Chakravarty of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

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