Piers Morgan asks ‘am I allowed an opinion’ on TV return
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Kirstie Allsopp, 50, has faced a lot of backlash following her claims that young people would be able to afford to buy houses if they “moved somewhere cheaper” and “gave up Netflix and the gym”. The Location, Location, Location presenter was called out by Piers Morgan yesterday, who claimed her opinion was coming from a “woefully privileged” place.
Piers, 56, took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to blast Kirstie for her claims in front of his 7.9 million followers.
This comes after Kirstie told The Sunday Times she bought her first house with family help at the age of 21, admitting she feels “enraged” when young people say they can’t afford property.
Piers’ scathing tweet about the presenter read: “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.”
When Kirstie, daughter of Charles Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip, bought her first house with the help of her family, the price would have been £112,000, compared with £255,556 for the average home today (adjusted for inflation).
It has been widely reported that young people are finding it more and more difficult to get on the property ladder – a fact that Kirstie appeared to take issue with.
She said: “When I bought my first property, going abroad, the EasyJet, coffee, gym, Netflix lifestyle didn’t exist.”
“I used to walk to work with a sandwich. And on payday I’d go for a pizza, and to a movie, and buy a lipstick. Interest rates were 15 percent, I was earning £11,500 a year.”
“I don’t want to belittle those people who can’t do it,” the presenter continued, “But there are loads of people who can do it and don’t. It is hard.
“We’ve fallen into the trap of saying it’s impossible for everybody. It’s about where you can buy, not if you can buy. There is an issue around the desire to make those sacrifices.
“I’m up in Nottingham right now and there’s a nice three-bedroom home with a long garden on for £320,000. I get enraged when people say they can’t afford to buy. They can.”
Kirstie went on to claim that while she knows there are still “many people who can’t afford to buy” she felt that some people simply aren’t willing to “make the sacrifice” of moving elsewhere because they “don’t have roots” there.
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“Ask yourself, could you get a job, live at home with your parents for three years, and save every penny for a deposit? I’ve seen people do it. They make enormous sacrifices. It’s not impossible for everybody,” the presenter concluded.
Piers’ tweet about Kirstie’s comments got a mixed reaction from his followers, with many sharing in his outrage.
Ben Hudson wrote: “Whenever I have applied for a mortgage, NOT ONCE has the bank asked how much I spend on Starbucks.
“They look at my salary and my deposit, then make me an offer. The reason why young people can’t get mortgages is because the house price : wage ratio is not like it was in your day.”
Connor RT commented: “Nowadays the average person cannot get a mortgage high enough to buy a house/flat. Even help to buy properties are very hard to get if you’re a single person. The whole system is a shambles.”
While many others felt Kirstie had a point, with Gee_McK writing: “She not wrong, obv in NI house prices are lower but it can be done, I know many who saved and bought at the right time in the right area.”
JU51LNS added: “The principle of what was said is correct though. Growing up we did without things so we could have other things.
“Add together gym costs, Netflix, Starbucks, takeaways etc could be a large proportion towards a mortgage, which as house values generally go up is an investment.”
Express.co.uk have contacted Kirstie’s representatives for comment.
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