Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn face tough questions on live TV

Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn face tough questions on live TV

He knows how to deal with the hard questions now.

"It is high time that Jeremy Corbyn clarify his views regarding Palestinian terrorism", Simon Johnson - CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council - was quoted by the Jewish Chronicle as saying.

On social care, Corbyn said £2bn per year would go to cover the "immediate crisis" and promised £800mln towards pension credit for the so-called Waspi women who have missed out as a result of the increase in the state pension age. After that he was back on track.

Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer?

But said he would not allow whole groups to move to the United Kingdom and "undercut" communities as they had done in the past.

May failed to win the studio audience over to controversial policies she is planning on care for the elderly and how it would be paid for.

"I am not a dictator who writes things to tell people what to do". That sort of thing could never catch on, you know. It was a strong, mature, considered performance. He said that he expected that immigration "would probably come down" but gave no estimates on numbers. Given what tribulations Theresa May was about to undergo on precisely this point, it seemed quite generous to let that go. At one point he appeared to accidentally spend a few billion pounds by pledging to reverse the government's three-year freeze on benefit payments - something Labour has previously admitted it wouldn't do because it was unaffordable. So a spokesperson had to "clarify" that they would stay frozen.

One photo showed him in reins as a toddler and he joked: "I was a bit free-spirited and I kept climbing out of the pram and running off".

Then it was the Prime Minister's turn. Occasionally something a politician says or does will be significant enough to rise up in into the general public consciousness, but by and large people's views of party leaders is filtered through the picture that is presented to them in the press and on TV. "Meanwhile, Theresa May refuses to answer even the most basic questions on her policies". "No deal is better than a bad deal", she said.

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A series of missteps by May and her advisers, along with a populist Labour campaign, have put the prime minister on the defensive. Which they don't, as Corbyn had just confirmed, as if in passing.

She confirmed an overall cap would be put on funding but would not say where this would be set.

She invited Paxman to read into that what he wished too. Whereas Paxman had attacked Corbyn from the wrong side, he couldn't decide whether to attack her from the left or the right.

Now, she is vulnerable to attack.

The Daily Mail and The Times report Mrs May's attempt to relaunch her campaign following the damaging U-turn on social care by focusing on her policies to tackle domestic violence.

May was heckled and laughed at by some members of the audience at Monday's TV appearance when discussing her education policy, and when interviewer Jeremy Paxman asked whether the European Union would see her as a "blowhard who collapses at the first sign of gunfire" after she softened her plans on old age care.

Mrs May said she would be ready "from day one" to work on a new "deep and special relationship" with the European Union, a contrast to Mr Corbyn, who she said had "no plan for Brexit".

And the PM said Mr Corbyn's decision to rule out walking out of Brexit talks without a deal "means being willing to accept any deal, however bad, signing up to any bill, however vast, accepting any terms, however unreasonable".

"You have to. In negotiations, you have to recognise that you're not in there to get a deal at any price".

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