My Interview on the Victoria Derbyshire Show

Since the budget, I have been concerned about the tax credit cuts and have written about the impact on low income families.  These views were heard on television this week when I took part on the Victoria Derbyshire show to discuss the proposed cuts with a couple of MPs and a member of the Lords.

I’ll admit to being petrified.  It was a live show and there was no rehearsal of questions.  I knew there was a real possibility to look very stupid on national television.  However, I also wanted to convey my opinions on tax credits in the hope that someone may sit up and listen.  After all, if nobody speaks out, nothing changes.  We all need to have our voices heard by those in power.

Janette DaveyThere were varied responses, as I knew there would be.  The negative comments were mostly criticisms of the number of children that I have.  I responded to this on the show but there have still been criticisms on Twitter.  However, there have also been positive comments and support from those who agreed with my points.

It made me realise that you need a pretty hard skin if you want to speak about a controversial issue in a public arena and I admire those that regularly speak out as I couldn’t do it.  Once is more than enough.

As I said, the show is live, I didn’t know the questions in advance and I was incredibly nervous.  In addition, there isn’t a long time to speak.  As a result, I know that I didn’t get everything across that I wanted to or in the way that I wanted to.

For example, I said that Osborne is punishing working people through his cuts rather than those not working. I was trying to show that the Tories policy of ‘Making Work Pay’ contradicts with their proposed cuts to tax credits that are for working people.  It wasn’t trying to attack unemployed people as I know that many are not working due to being disabled, a carer, being made redundant, home-schooling or illness.  With hindsight, I wish I had expanded my comment to explain this.

I’m still being criticised for having 6 children, despite explaining the situation in response to the comments on live television.  I could have explained that the reason I am single is due to domestic violence or that I am a carer to my daughter who has medical needs, but I didn’t want to make myself look like a victim.  I wanted to show them that I am a strong, able, intelligent woman who is working hard to pay her taxes despite life throwing a few curve balls.  I wanted to show them that those on tax credits aren’t the stereotype that the Government portrays us as.

Not everyone who watched will agree with my views.  I am totally fine with that.  I am glad that we live in a free thinking and expressive society.  But I do hope that they listened with the respect that I would listen to their views.

To see the interview on the Victoria Derbyshire, watch this clip from 10 minutes to 22 minutes.


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9 Comments on My Interview on the Victoria Derbyshire Show

  1. Alex
    October 29, 2015 at 6:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Well done you for standing up for your beliefs, and live on TV! I don’t know much about tax credits as we have never been eligible, however after recent bad luck we have gone from a comfortable family income, to a very low income which has turned our life upside down. I called about tax credit and am shocked at how little we are entitled to, which ultimately will not help us in any way. I can see why families are panicking over the proposal of further cuts, because if there are we will be sure to end up with no help at all xx
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  2. Kate ✚
    October 29, 2015 at 11:12 am (3 years ago)

    Hats off to you for standing up for what you believe. Sad to hear that people chose to criticise you for the number of children you have. Things like that frustrate me so much. But you did a great job and should be very proud.
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  3. Wendy
    October 29, 2015 at 3:04 am (3 years ago)

    Well done for being brave enough to publicly stand up for your views and what you believe in. It sounds like it was a valuable experience and you learned a lot. There will always be critics, just don’t take it to heart 🙂
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  4. Zena's Suitcase
    October 28, 2015 at 9:09 pm (3 years ago)

    You did great, and you were very brave. It sounds like you learnt a lot too so if you were asked to do it again, it wouldn’t be quite so daunting, right?
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  5. Sarah Golding
    October 28, 2015 at 8:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Your very brave talking on the show live, I don’t know if I could do it. I’m pleased that the Lords have delayed it so hopefully the new changes will be better for low income families.
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  6. Erica Price
    October 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm (3 years ago)

    People shouldn’t give a monkeys how many children you have. That’s irrelevant in terms of the issues. Well done for going on the show. Hopefully Osbourne and Cameron are starting to realise that they have gone too far with this cut (and I can say that without having a bias as I am unaffected by it personally).
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  7. Gaby {}
    October 28, 2015 at 2:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I can’t comment of the tax credit subject as I’m really not familiar with it but I just wanted to say that I’m sorry you had to put up with people questioning the number of kids you have. It’s non of their business and that wasn’t the subject in question either. Big hug 🙂
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  8. Single Mother Ahoy
    October 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm (3 years ago)

    you did absolutely brilliantly. People will always find something to pick at – they pick at me for having a child and I only have one! The right wing media has done a good job of making all single mothers look like we had kids alone on purpose, and with the expectation that the taxpayer would foot the bill for trips to Disneyland and boozy nights out. Balls to them. You were fantastic and very eloquent.
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