The questions that David Cameron and Ed Miliband had no answer for

Shehab Khan
Friday 27 March 2015 18:30
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Jeremy Paxman gave David Cameron and Ed Miliband an intense and figurative grilling last night, in what was the first of four so-called pre-election ‘debates’.

Both leaders were put under severe pressure by the veteran presenter, who asked a series of hard-hitting questions.

On multiple occasions both Miliband and Cameron did what they could to avoid answering. Here’s a list of the occasions when they simply had no answer:

David Cameron

The deficit

Paxman:

How much money have you borrowed?

Cameron:

Well you’re going to tell me Jeremy presumably.

Paxman:

I am. It’s a mere 500 billion pounds.

Cameron:

That is a lot less than the previous government was borrowing.

Paxman:

No it isn’t, it’s more than the previous government.

Immigration

Paxman:

You said, quote, ‘no ifs no buts, we make a promise to the British people that we will reduce immigration to the level it was at in the early 1990’s'. You’ve not done it.

Cameron:

I believe that is still the right ambition.

Paxman:

It’s a ‘no ifs no buts’ promise, not an ambition. Do you accept you haven’t met the promise?

Cameron:

We’ve not met the commitment I made, I fully accept that.

Food banks

Paxman:

Do you know how many food banks there are?

Cameron:

I don’t know the exact figure.

Zero-hour contracts

Paxman:

Could you live on a zero-hours contract?

Cameron:

That’s not the question.

Paxman:

It’s the question I’m asking

Cameron:

No.

Welfare

Paxman:

Do you know where these cuts will fall?

Cameron:

It is possible to make the savings like we’ve made.

Paxman:

Sorry I don’t want to be rude, but do you know and you’re not telling us or do you not know?

Cameron:

We know there will be difficult decisions.

Ed Miliband

Immigration

Paxman:

Supposing we got to a figure of 70 million in ten or 15 years, as the population of this country, is that acceptable or not?

Miliband:

I’m not going to get into your hypotheticals.

Paxman:

I’m asking you if you think there’s any natural limit to the population of this country.

Miliband:

I’m not going to get drawn in to speculation about a number

Economy

Paxman:

Is overall spending going to fall?

Miliband:

It is likely to fall

Paxman:

Likely is a bit of a weasel word likely isn’t it.

Personal ratings

Paxman:

How is it that you are less popular than your party? Even your own MPs consider you a liability. How has that happened?

Miliband:

I don’t commentate on these things

Paxman:

The thing is, they see you as a north London geek.

Miliband:

Who cares? Who does?

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