This week’s Private Eye illuminates the background to the Newsnight interview in which working single mum Shanene Thorpe was portrayed as a “jobless ponce” – suggesting Allegra Stratton was hell-bent on spinning the package against supposedly feckless young mothers.
Working with Tower Hamlets council to source interviewees, Stratton apparently rejected a string of possible candidates on the basis that:
“You must have got people living on benefits as a lifestyle choice!”
Should the question “Do you think you should have had your daughter?” (edited out the final piece for broadcast) not provide sufficient clues as to Stratton’s views, she shouted across a crowded open-plan office:
“… people should think about whether they can afford to have kids before they have them!”
The Eye’s piece concludes:
When a brave council official ventured to suggest to Stratton that she sounded like an Edwardian eugenicist arguing that the poor shouldn’t breed, she informed him that he was “a cock”.