Prime Minister’s Question Time proved challenging for Rishi Sunak against the backdrop of Britain’s largest strike day in over a decade.
Sir Keir Starmer called the prime minister’s attempts to pin the walkouts on Labour “pathetic.”
He told lawmakers that it was “rank pathetic” to blame the Labour Party for his inability to resolve the strikes despite 13 years in office. The cost to the public of the Conservative Party’s fixation on sleaze and scandal is staggering, and it keeps rising.
Mr. Sunak responded, “He can’t stand up to his union bosses, today’s schoolchildren in Britain, or women in his party.”
Half a million workers, including teachers, train drivers, civil servants, university lecturers, bus drivers, and security guards, are striking today because union bosses believe the government is stymieing efforts to reach a compromise on pay deals.
Approximately 85% of schools in the United Kingdom are either completely or partially closed today due to strike action.