Ranvir Singh, 43, was joined by Labour‘s Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green, 60, to discuss the Government’s ongoing action plan to deal with the repercussions caused by coronavirus. One such topic they talked about was the Treasury considering increasing taxes by a hike of £20bn, which some Conservative backbenchers are warning against over worries it would cause greater economic hardship. When the Good Morning Britain presenter put to the politician how Labour would address the issue, the pair ended up talking over one another as they clashed on the ITV show.
The presenter asked Ms Green: “How would Labour start paying back everything that coronavirus has cost us with the furlough scheme and other things we are having to pay for?
“Rishi Sunak will inevitably have to raise taxes quite a lot, corporation tax, capital gains tax, does Labour support that?”
“Well we will have to see the detail of what Rishi Sunak’s tax proposals are, but obviously we will have to, first of all, protect people as the crisis continues,” the politician began.
“And some of the way in which some of the money has been spent has not been as effective, for example, the furlough scheme we would like to see extended for certain sectors that still can’t go back to work, instead of giving a job retention bonus to employers who might have kept their staff on anyway.
“In due course, once we have gone through the crisis and we’ve got people safely through it and can make sure people’s economic circumstances are also secure, of course, we are going to have to look at a fair model of raising money,” she continued before the presenter interrupted.
Ms Green added: “Taxing progressively so those who have more bear the biggest share of the burden,” but didn’t quite finish her sentence because the host spoke over the top of her.
“Kate, those people at the top are the ones who are employing people whose businesses have been very very badly affected during coronavirus,” Singh said as she shut down the Labour MP.
As they both fought to get their voices heard, the politician could be heard exclaiming: “No! Not true, not true.
The presenter continued, however, and explained: “There is a suggestion from business groups that tax rises, in particular, would choke off any kind of resurgence in the economy.”
The Shadow Education Secretary added: “Those contingency plans could include giving much greater clarity now to how teacher grading would work, how course work would be reflected and also having a proper and robust appeals process.
“I don’t think we need to assume today that it won’t be possible for an exams series to take place next summer.
“We’ve got to make sure it’s fair if and when it does but it is really important that the Government does the type of contingency plan that it totally failed to do.
“We saw what happened last month with the utter fiasco of GCSE, Btec and A-Level results. Issues are still not resolved and young people have been put in a horrible position.”
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Taking to Twitter, viewers addressed the exams discussion as one wrote: “Wish some one would make a decision on whats happening with them.”
Another added: “If they’re not, the students should be given the same combined teacher assessments that were allowed this year.
“It’s only fair way, they’ve missed five months, not completed 1st year of 6th form, it would be unfair otherwise.”
Whilst a third commented: “All exams should be cancelled in the whole if the U.K. There is no way the children can catch up on work missed from March and work still to learn and learning reinforcement. Grades for this year should be based on teacher predictions again.”