London mayoral candidate says basic income would be used to ‘buy lots of drugs’

Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey has come under fire after suggesting that people would ‘buy lots of drugs’ if they were given a Universal Basic Income (UBI).

His comments come after the Green party and the Liberal Democrat party in London supported a trial of UBI, giving everyone an amount of money regardless of their income level.

Mr Bailey did not agree with the idea, stating that the introduction of a UBI would reduce the incentive to work.

He said: “I’ve been a youth worker for over 20 years, I know some people would absolutely fly if you gave them a lump sum to deal with every week.”

He also said that ‘some people would buy lots of drugs’ with the money.

Shaun Bailey, candidate for the Conservative Party for the 2020 London mayoral election
Shaun Bailey, candidate for the Conservative Party for the London mayoral election
(Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Miiror)

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This is not the first time Mr Bailey has made controversial comments, with some stating that his views on UBI were ‘insulting’ and ‘embarrassing’.

Mr Bailey is currently a distant second to incumbent Sadiq Khan in the polls for the London mayoral election on May 6.

UBI is an idea that has increasing bi-partisan support from various parties, and has been trialled in a number of places during the pandemic. However, critics like Mr Bailey say that it would be too expensive and stop people from wanting to work.

Green Party leader Sian Berry backed calls for the policy to be introduced in London and Mr Khan was very receptive.

Liberal Democrat candidate Luisa Porritt told Metro : “I have no idea why someone who holds Londoners in such low regard is running to be mayor of our great city.”

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