Johnson says vital to tell truth – then immediately reneges on promise to help ‘WASPI’ women robbed of pensions
In one of the biggest catastrophes in his ‘car crash’ appearance on BBC Question Time’s leaders’ special on Friday night, Boris Johnson managed to both highlight his own dishonesty – and to lose the votes of around 3.6 million women, all in the space of about a minute and a half.
Johnson has previously promised to help ‘WASPI’ women – the 1950s born women who have lost out on tens of thousands of pounds of their pension entitlement because of unilateral changes imposed by the government.
When Johnson was asked by one audience member whether it’s important for a Prime Minister to be truthful, he answered emphatically yes. But when asked if he would fulfil his promise to rescue WASPI women from their plight, he hemmed and hawed and then refused to say yes:
Johnson even implied WASPI women were too demanding, saying that he couldn’t ‘magic up… all the demands that the WASPI women make‘.
WASPI women summed up the feelings of a generation:
3.6 million votes thrown away in a moment – and potentially many more, given the importance to husbands, children and grandchildren of the 1950s-born women who hold hard-pressed families together – and his own dishonesty writ unmissably large.
As car crashes go, it was a spectacular one. Of course, the media are studiously ignoring Johnson’s disaster and dishonesty. So it’s over to you.
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