Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Tories are not simply “out of touch”, their policies are deliberate and malevolent

The propaganda regarding sick and disabled people and other benefit claimants is not based on naivety either: it is deliberate, and calculated, a horrible and wicked attempt to justify their punitive approach to stripping welfare provision from the vulnerable to redistribute to the already wealthy. David Cameron, Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling have all contributed a selection of propagandic pieces of work to the press – largely the Sun and the Daily Mail. The language they use – words like “scrounger” “fraud” and “workshy” and the implied “burden on the State,” together with their knowledge that so-called benefit fraud was a mere 0.7% indicates clearly that the policies aimed at removing welfare provision, and the propaganda campaign that has led to an increase in hate crimes directed at the sick and disabled, are intentional. 10,600 sick and disabled people died last year between January and November, within six weeks of their ESA claim closing. It’s very telling that the Department of Work and Pensions do not monitor or account for just how many of those were passed as ” fit for work” by Atos, or awaiting Appeal. Furthermore, this Government introduced targets into the Atos contract when they renewed it in 2010: 7 out of 8 sick and disabled people to lose their benefits.

The Tories are not simply “out of touch”, their policies are deliberate and malevolent | kittysjones

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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