Clive Lewis, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, said he agreed with Bernie Sanders that inequality is out of control in Britain. This, he claimed, was bizarre in a country of billionaires, leading the Labour man to the conclude that billionaire’s shouldn’t in fact exist.
Mr Lewis said: “Billionaire’s shouldn’t exist.
“It’s a travesty that there are people on this planet living on less than a dollar a day.
“There are people, when I walk into Parliament who are sleeping rough on the streets of this country - the sixth wealthiest in this world.
“And yet, we have larger amount of billionaires in this country than ever before.
The Labour man was blasted on Twitter after his comments (Image: BBC)
The MP is a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn (Image: GETTY)
He continued: “That is wrong.
“Hey, let people make money, let people run a business, but we need to make sure the grotesque levels of inequality in this country are reduced.
“It’s so run away; it’s so out of control; I think most of the British public understand that.”
followed, with many calling Mr Lewis out for his attack on billionaires.
“Billionaires shouldn’t exist.”— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 31, 2019
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Many were baffled at his assertion that billionaire's shouldn't exist (Image: BBC)
One user drew attention to the apparent hypocrisy of Mr Lewis’ words, and wrote: “8.5 years of Austerity but did Labour or the Libdems think it was serious enough to fight Conservative government in court? A BIG NO YOU POWER HUNGRY