Prime Minister David Cameron has defended his fellow cabinet colleague, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, by alleging that he was “misquoted” when he claimed cutting tax credits was a “cultural signal” that Britain was “prepared to work hard.” In his remarks during a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference yesterday, Mr. Hunt stated that “are we going to be a country which is prepared to work hard in the way that Asian economies are prepared to work hard, in the way that Americans are prepared to work hard?”
However, in response to Mr. Hunt’s statement, Labour party representative alleged that the comments were “a kick in the teeth for working families” and the Unite union condemned the “disgraceful insult” from the “richest member of the Cabinet.” Therefore, Mr. Harper responded to the criticism and tried to clarify that “as for what Jeremy Hunt said I think he is being widely misquoted and that’s why he himself went out again and said let me be clear, what we are talking about is making sure Britain is one of the success stories in our world and making sure that we help people to get work and provide for themselves and their families.”
Harper highlighted that “as I say, he came out afterwards and made clear the British people do work very hard, we are one of the hardest working nations on earth,” adding that “if you look at the percentage of our people that are in work it is at an all-time high in our history, we have got more women in work than at any time in our history and Jeremy Hunt has been absolutely clear about that.”
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