Was Lynne Troughton angling for a place in Rachel Reeves’s treasury team with now-deleted ‘let them eat cake’-style comment?
Hackney councillor Lynne Troughton – one of the Labour party’s misnamed ‘centrists’ – has caused outrage by responding to the desperate fuel poverty of a woman and her three young children by publicly telling her she should use less fuel and wear jumpers.
Courtney Wilding tweeted about the shocking profiteering of yet another privatised energy company – British Gas’s parent company Centrica has just reported a 44% increase in profits – that had told his daughter her bill was about to more than double, an increase of over £300 a month, and is likely to almost double again in the autumn.
And Cllr Troughton’s response? ‘Start using less’ and ‘wear jumpers’:
The callous comment saw a large, immediate and heartfelt response, asking whether Troughton had bothered to read the original tweet, given the daughter was already using less than Troughton’s boast of ‘only’ £275. Other asked in shock whether Troughton was really spending almost £300 a month and having to wear sweaters. Just a few examples are below:
Troughton has since deleted her comment, no doubt because of the roasting she was receiving.
But Troughton’s comments are entirely in line with the prevailing thinking in the Labour party under its current politically-bankrupt regime. The leadership’s initial response to the mushrooming fuel crisis was to say it would offer a paltry cut in VAT that would barely scratch the surface and Keir Starmer has repeatedly refused to say Labour would renationalise the energy industry to solve the problem – despite promising to do so in his leadership election campaign.
And his sidekick Rachel Reeves – she of the infamous promise to be tougher on poor benefit claimants than the Tories – said that renationalising, which would instantly slash bills by removing the profit layer, is ‘not a priority’ for Labour, because it wouldn’t be ‘value for money’:
In fact, according to reports late last year, Reeves finds the very idea funny enough to laugh at:
Perhaps Cllr Troughton was somehow pitching for a job in Reeves’s Shadow Treasury team.
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