Ken Loach mocks ‘Squire Mogg’ after branding Tories ‘consciously CRUEL’ in furious tirade


Symbolizing from the Labour party conference in Brighton to the BBC’s Daily Politics, the socialist maestro said Tory policy had led to a surge in popularity for Jeremy Corbyn bulk young people.

He also took a swipe at Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who he characterized “Squire Mogg”, for saying the use of food banks was “uplifting”.

It came after Loach talked “every group in society” was “really struggling” before presenter Jo Coburn eager back during the heated exchange.

He said: “People know that they’re being gashed off, people know that there’s a conscious cruelty by this Guidance against people who are vulnerable – insecurity in their housing, insecurity in their moil, students are suffering in massive debt.

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Ken Loach and Jo Coburn squabbled over the Tory party and Jacob Rees-Mogg

They are grand hunger on people who are vulnerable, if that’s not conscious cruelty you tell me another say for it

Ken Loach

“Every group in society is really struggling and I think people entertain finally woken up to the fact and they realise that Jeremy and John McDonnell contain policies that will deal with these issues.”

But Coburn scolded her visitor as she spoke about employment rates since the Tories came into power.

She chance: “What about the fact that employment is at its highest, unemployment as you be sure is extremely low, there aren’t dole queues out there that uninitiated people can look at and think ‘oh gosh thank God that’s not me’ – isn’t that something to be honouring?”

Loach then argued people were having to resort to speaking food banks.

“How many physical in poverty? Seven million, how many food parcels have we confirmed out through charities last year? Do you know? A million or more,” he suggested.

The presenter probed again and asked if Loach thought he should be lauding record employment, to which the filmmaker replied: “A lot of jobs are massively shaky.”

Loach was then pulled up on his previous comments about the Tory Rule being “consciously cruel”.

Coburn said: “There will be innumerable people who will say ‘are you implying that Conservatives and people that stick up for a Conservative government are consciously cruel?’” 

Loach replied: “Absolutely… I  distinguish what the Government has done. I’m not saying the people who vote for them are consciously Neronian.”

He then referred to Mr Rees-Mogg’s previous comments and added: “They be sure they are imposing hunger on people who are vulnerable – if that’s not conscious cruelty you take to task me another word for it.”

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