If you didn't catch the car crash interview with the Prime Minister on Good Morning Britain yesterday its worth a few minutes of time to watch it on catch-up
When pressed on what the government was doing to address the cost of living crisis at one point he even said, in the span of two sentences, "We are doing everything we can… but we can do more."
His lack of compassion and empathy with what is going on in the real world was most highlighted when Susanna Reid told him a story about a 77-year-old woman called Elsie, who has featured on Good Morning Britain, who has been reduced to eating one meal a day, who is losing weight, and who spends her days getting up early to get out of the house and ride around on buses so that she doesn't have to have the heating on at home.
Mr Johnsons response was to say he had introduced the Freedom Pass when he was mayor of London. Leaving aside the small fact that what he said wasn't true ( see Freedom Pass - Wikipedia) the fact that he had nothing to say about the position Elsie was in speaks volumes for the lack of policy action by the current government. This was further emphasised when chancellor Rishi Sunak said recently it would be "silly" to offer more help with bills despite the mounting cost of living crisis.
No wonder then that Ms Reid said later 'I've spoken to Elsie, since the interview this morning with the Prime Minister, and she says how disappointed she is with what he said. 'Because she says there are people who are even worse off than she is, and there was no answer for them, apart from 'oh I was the person who was responsible for the bus pass,' I mean, as if she's supposed to be grateful.'
Embarrassed by what the Prime Minister had said Environment Secretary George Eustice then gave a statement of the blindingly obvious "We have a very, very competitive retail market with 10 big supermarkets and the four main ones competing very aggressively, particularly on some of the lower-cost, everyday value items for households, so things like spaghetti and ambient products - there's a lot of competition to keep those prices down." "Generally speaking, what people find is by going for some of the value brands rather than own-branded products - they can actually contain and manage their household budget."
As we said yesterday there are policies that can help the situation see http://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/article/2022/1429255/ed-davey-calls-for-windfall-tax-on-energy-companies-to-help-people-cope-with-rising-prices. To make a difference however you first need to understand the problem exists. Living in their ministerial bubble, there is little evidence this Conservative government gets it.
If all else fails there's always the bus!