Treasury minister Chloe Smith was heckled this weekend as she attempted to address a Drop The Bill rally in Norwich. Arriving to sing the praises of the Coalition’s most unpopular legislation yet, Smith was ambushed by protesters who flanked her with a large banner saying “NHS wrecker”.
Handed a hospital pass by protesters, she left the stage to chants of “shame on you” whereupon she was taken to task by the tearful mental health nurse who organised the rally:
“I feel so passionate about [the NHS]. And that has made me feel very emotional … You are destroying everything we have fought for.”
The minister defended her masochistic appearance, saying “I was asked to come here today and I wouldn’t shy away.”
Smith does get bonus points for bravery and/or sheer ambition.