On today’s This Morning, Phillip Schofield got angry with mom-of-four Deborah Hodge after she “got his back up” over Christmas prosecco.
Deborah was a teacher for a long time before her partner had a breakdown after being in the army and her children were taken out of school for “serious health issues”.
Back story aside, Phillip explained why he was a bit ticked off with the This Morning guest. He said “You got your £10 Christmas bonus from your benefits, and you bought two bottles of Prosecco with it, which you’re perfectly able to do.”
Deborah used her £10 Christmas benefits bonus to buy 2 bottles of prosecco and bought her children’s £2800 Christmas gifts with benefits, credit cards and loans. She said “I wanted my children to have the Christmas we used to have, as we used to have a lot of money. We’ve had an awful year with bullying, and if my books work out, I’ll be able to pay it off and some.”
But Phil’s issue didn’t stem from her purchasing choices, it was the fact that she followed it up with this:
“But then you said, ‘So cheers to the taxpayer for my Christmas gift’. Do you not think that’s a little bit incendiary?”
Deborah defended herself, saying “By day I’m mum, and I’m also a writer. I work very hard, I don’t drink prosecco much because of its adverse effects, so I was grateful for that.”
But Phil wasn’t having any of it. “It doesn’t sound like that. It sounds like ‘Cheers! Here’s what I bought with your money’.”
When Davina jumped in, asking Deborah to put herself back into her taxpayer shoes and consider it from that point of view, the mom-of-four admitted that her statement would have made her angry. But, she added, “We can’t go back in time, I stick by it. I’m proud to be caught by the benefits system. We can live a little, not a lot.”