Girl, 5, gives PM a telling-off about the homeless in video that goes viral
Published 03/10/2016 | 20:46
A five-year-old girl has chastised the Prime Minister for a lack of spending and not helping the homeless in a video posted online which has now gone viral.
Brooke Blair directed the comments at Theresa May in a YouTube video posted by her mother, Holly Matthews, before it was also shared on Facebook.
In the video Brooke said she had seen "hundreds and millions" of homeless people on the streets and added that Mrs May should be distributing biscuits and hot chocolate, or even building houses for them.
"My name is Brooke Blair and I'm five years old. I've got something to say to you, Theresa May," said Brooke in the video.
"Yesterday night I was out on the streets and I saw hundreds and millions of homeless people. I saw one with floppy ears, I saw loads. You should be out there, Theresa May, you should be ... biscuits, hot chocolate, sandwiches, building houses."
"Look, I'm only five years old, there's nothing I can do about it. I'm saving up money and there'll never be enough. You've got the pot of money, spend some and help people. That's what you've got to do, because we've had lots of wars in this country and I do not like that, Theresa May. I'm very angry."
The video has had more than 900,000 views on Facebook and more than 17,000 on YouTube. Many people who commented on the video commended the passion with which Brooke delivered the 53-second speech, and some even tipped her as a future prime minister.
Ms Matthews said in a post on her blog that homelessness had been troubling her daughter for some time. "When she saw homeless people, she asked me why they didn't have a home," she wrote.
Ms Matthews said she explained some reasons for homelessness in "a child-friendly way".
When Brooke then asked why her mother could not buy houses for the homeless people herself, Ms Matthews explained she would not have the money to do so.
"She asked (logically), 'Well who does? Who's in charge? The Queen?' I explained we have a prime minister and she asked their name," said Ms Matthews. "From there she has had a major bee in her bonnet.
"She and her younger sister are saving any money they get, to buy presents for homeless people at Christmas this year. They even sold a slice of birthday cake they got to their dad for 50p to put in their pot."