Corbyn looks like he’s auditioning for an episode of ‘In the Thick of It’

What a complete train wreck of an interview from Jeremy Corbyn:

Jeremy Corbyn was unable to put a cost on Labour’s plan for free childcare for 1.3m youngsters during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

“It will cost… it will obviously cost a lot to do so, we accept that,” he said, before agreeing with host Emma Barnett that the figure was £5.3bn.

The stumble came as the Labour leader and Theresa May resumed election campaigning following a live TV debate.

Mrs May has argued she is the only one who can offer “strong leadership”.

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It was during his interview with Woman’s Hour that Mr Corbyn had to be told by interviewer Emma Barnett the cost of his party’s manifesto proposal to extend 30 hours a week of free childcare to all two-year-olds – a policy which is part of Labour’s plans for a National Education Service.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said that Mr Corbyn’s performances had been getting better during the election campaign, so it was “astonishing he was not across the figures for the childcare policy” his party was campaigning on today.

The childcare part of the interview began with Mr Corbyn being asked whether he had the figure for its cost and replying: “Yes, I do.”

Pressed to give the number, he said: “I’ll give you the figure in a moment.”

“You don’t know it? You’re logging into your iPad here – you’ve announced a major policy and you don’t know how much it will cost?” presenter Emma Barnett said.

“Can I give you the exact figure in a moment, please?” the Labour leader said.

Asked whether this indicated that voters should not trust Labour with their money, he answered: “Not at all.”

He argued that investing in children in early years meant they did better in school and added: “I want to give you an accurate figure.”

Eventually, Ms Barnett quoted shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, who was on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme earlier: “£2.7bn, then £4.8bn… with half a billion to reverse cuts to the Sure Start scheme. Does that sound about right?”

“It does sound correct,” Mr Corbyn said.

Shades of Phil Goff’s ‘Show me the Money’ cock up.

 

-BBC


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