Katarina Barley (52, SPD), member of the parliamentary group of the Progressive Alliance of Social Democrats, angry ARD viewers.

Monday evening runs “hard but fair” in the first. One woman in particular will not soon forget the current episode: Katarina Barley (52, SPD).

Cologne – Monday evening runs “hard but fair” in the first. One woman in particular will not forget the episode of the current week anytime soon: Katarina Barley (52, SPD).

Katarina Barley (52, SPD), member of the parliamentary group of the Progressive Alliance of Social Democrats, angry ARD viewers. © Philipp von Ditfurth / dpa

Barley is a German-British politician and lawyer. She was a member of the German Bundestag from 2013 to 2019. Since July 2019 she has been a member of the ninth European Parliament and also its Vice-President.

How did the scandal come about for many ARD viewers and how did the social democratic politician manage to make the hashtag #SPDhilft trending on Twitter – and is currently becoming a “running gag”?

Moderator Frank Plasberg (64) was about inflation and the associated price increases for fuel, heating, electricity and pasta.

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There seemed to be a consensus among the group about the fact that people with low salaries or Hartz IV are particularly affected – until the 52-year-old social democrat revealed her “ideas” …

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“Hart aber fair” always has the “exciters” of the week on Mondays – this time it hit an SPD politician. She is pulled by “her” Spar-Kakao on Twitter. © Screenshot / ARD media library

Initially, the 52-year-old defended many a rise in prices with the “steering effect” that high prices would bring with them. “We also want people to invest more in renewable energies,” said Barley, but one could not “provide broad relief,” not even with electricity.

Although the prices in Germany are in record highs across Europe, one can hardly take countermeasures. The measures of other European countries would not be considered (France capped, other countries, for example, lower VAT).

Then came the sentence that gets hot in the Twitter community: “The kilowatt hour that I don’t use is the cheapest”, she explained and added, “That shouldn’t sound cynical at all”. But that is exactly what it apparently did for many.

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Viewers have since been annoyed by Barley’s “savings recommendation” and omissions about the price of gas, which hits commuters particularly hard.

So she gets it hot back on Twitter. There, under the hashtag #SPDhilft, citizens come together who found their opinion on the topic to be cynical.

Here are some of the Twitter bonmots that accumulated due to their unsuccessful appearance at “hart aber fair”:

  • Hungry but no money? The cheapest bread roll is the one I DO NOT eat!
  • Commuting to work is becoming too expensive? Simply apply for unemployment benefits!
  • Funeral too expensive? Just die less.
  • Is the fuel too expensive? Why don’t you take a taxi.
  • Are you too cold? Then just freeze less.
  • The cheapest apartment is the one you don’t have.
  • Clothes too expensive? Nudism is nice too!

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