Opposition Day — [Un-Allotted Day]
David Gauke (Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury; South West Hertfordshire, Conservative)
Let me just make a little more progress.
We heard Rachel Reeves set out the challenges and pressures on living standards, but it takes some cheek for Labour Members to complain about the consequences of their own irresponsibility in power. Their position today in this motion relating to living standards is the equivalent of that of a man who sets his house on fire, then complains, after the fire brigade has extinguished the fire, that it has damaged his carpets. We accept that difficult decisions have to be taken, and we have taken them, but the British public know that we have had take them now because Labour failed to take them when it was in power.