Gogglebox: Pete mocks Boris Johnson over '£500 wallpaper'
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Pete Sandiford and his sister Sophie Sandiford were less than impressed with Boris Johnson’s response to Andrew Marr’s questions about axing the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift. The siblings discussed the controversial decision during tonight’s episode of Gogglebox, and Pete didn’t hold back in blasting the Prime Minister over the move.
It came as the Gogglebox cast and families tuned into The Andrew Marr Show, during which Andrew questioned Mr Johnson about his latest policies.
BBC journalist Andrew told the PM: “Let me ask you, energy prices are shooting up, food prices are going up, inflation is going up…”
Peter then quipped during the Channel 4 programme: “Boris’ blood pressure is going up as well!”
As The Andrew Marr Show continued to play to Pete and Sophie, the host asked: “Why do you choose this minute to take £20 off the budgets of the poorest families in this country?”
Weighing in on the issue, Pete suggested the Prime Minister is out of touch with the problems that poorer families are struggling with in the UK.
He commented: “Inflation’s going through the f**king roof, so it costs more to live.
“But, obviously, you know Boris doesn’t see it like that.”
“No,” Pete’s sister Sophie agreed.
Pete then went on to aim a dig at Mr Johnson over the costs of his recent Downing Street flat refurbishment.
The luxurious transformation of the flat reportedly included wallpaper at £840 a roll and an armchair at £5,900.
Hitting out at the expensive home makeover, Pete swiped: “You know, with his £500 a roll wallpaper!”
“Yeah,” Sophie chimed, siding with her brother.
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It comes after Mr Johnson confirmed he would be scrapping the £20 universal credit uplift.
The uplift was first introduced during the pandemic.
More than 800,000 people risk being dragged into poverty as a result of the cut.
The cut was applied to assessments on Wednesday and will take effect in a week.
About 100,000 renters in England will also be in danger of eviction due to the decision.
Labour leader Keir Starmer has since accused the Prime Minister of “turning on the poorest”
Mr Starmer also told BBC Breakfast the reduction came “at the worst possible time because prices are going up”.
“Whether that’s fuel or food, or energy prices, and this is going to drive families and children into poverty and for the government to turn on the poorest as we come out of the pandemic is just so wrong,” he added.
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