Location, Location, Location presenter Kirstie Allsopp has caused public outcry with her comments about how young people could afford to buy a house if they gave up their luxuries in life.
Listing Netflix, the gym, and coffee as some of the perks young people could give up to help get on the property ladder many people have strongly disagreed with her claim.
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Those who do not support Kirstie include former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, who Tweeted: “Every time Kirstie Allsopp trends, I check why and see she’s said another unbelievably stupid, ludicrously ill-informed and woefully privileged thing. Then I wait for her to respond to the entirely justified outrage by throwing her toys out of the pram & quitting Twitter again.”
Many others agree with this view and under the trending topic on Twitter the point has been raised that she had her parents help to buy her first home, her dad is the 6th Baron Hindlip, and that her views are outdated and privileged.
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Kirstie has now returned to Twitter to defend her claims, saying that media “want to bitch for clicks” and that her words were twisted by the media.
She said: “Housing is the most serious issue in the UK today. It impacts everything education, health, relationships, pensions, fertility, the environment, productivity etc etc. Unfortunately our press don’t want to take is seriously, they want to bitch for clicks. God help us.”
The 50-year-old also added: “Headline writers twist everyone’s words not just mine, and not just in the Murdoch press. No wonder newspapers are a dying industry, we have less and less reason to believe a word they say.”
Speaking about the reaction from the public for her claims she said that people don’t think about who they are giving the abuse to and that rage is a poisonous emotion.
She said: “They vent their spleen at the subject of the headline, without a thought about the impact of this abuse, or whether they really want to allow themselves to be manipulated like this. Rage poisons us, it’s not a positive emotion.”
Finance experts have also come out against Kirstie with a financial columnist and author for The Spectator Matthew Lynn raising the point that an average home now costs nine times the average salary.
He said: “She is ignoring the bigger picture. When Allsopp was walking to work to buy her first flat, the average home cost about five times her then salary of £11,500. Today, the average home costs about £260,000, or nine times the average salary.”
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