Nobody enjoys poking fun at a desperate politician scrabbling for an answer on live radio more than the WSJ.
So when Guido Fawkes mocked a stumbling performance by Labour shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves on Nick Ferrari’s LBC show, we had to have a look.
Fawkes declared confidently on his blog: “An MP not knowing the price of milk is one thing, but the shadow work and pensions secretary not knowing the value of the basic state pension is something else. Rachel Reeves did not know the answer when pressed several times by Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning.”
The transcript shows Ferrari pushing Reeves to tell him what the state pension is, with the Labour minister struggling to explain the contributory principle.
Fawkes then confidently declares: “The basic state pension is now £113.10 per week…”
But, as WSJ readers will know and a smart arse MM reporter was eager to point out, the value of the state pension actually depends on the individual’s National Insurance contribution record – so not quite as simple asking for the average pint of milk.
That said, Reeves probably should have had a slightly better response prepared than “It’s just under £100 a week, the basic state pension, of course”.