Have you ever wanted to punch some smug sanctimonious piece of elitist scum in the face or slap the smile of a female version of the same. It doesn’t happen to me often but when it does it’s almost always some Tory minister that I’m angry at.
GCHQ please note, just in case this blog post trips your key word search. Thinking about punching IDS is an entirely natural response to his cruel and inhumane actions towards the people I meet every week, but as a civilised person I don’t go around hurting other people, I’m not a Tory minister.
We have IDS, the Tory Prince of cruelty, we had McVey till she was booted out by an electorate who preferred a member of the Incompetant party over her. Now we have a new champion of DWP oppression, Priti Patel, an employment minister at the Department for Work and Pensions.
She wandered out into public on Monday, opened her mouth and spouted the standard Tory line that everyone who calls sanctions, austerity and the treatment of those on benefits by this government as cruel is a liar.
“There is no robust evidence that directly links sanctions and food bank use.”
Robust: Strong, sturdy in construction.
Evidence: The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.
No robust evidence !
Just what do you Tory scum call robust???
A third of the people using food banks who filled in the questionnaires say it was problems with their benefits and yet this isn’t robust enough for the Tory government and the inhuman tyrants of the DWP! But that isn’t robust enough for the Tories because nothing will ever be robust enough to get them to admit the harm that they are doing.
“There is no evidence linking soaring food bank use to the DWP’s strict regime of benefit sanctions.”
Under IDS the Jobcentre and the Department for Workless Persecution have been at the forefront of a Tory drive to demonise anyone in need of benefits, the unemployed and the disabled have been labelled as parasites, thieves and scroungers. The Orwellian phrase “Hard Working Tax Payer” has become so common in Tory speeches that you can use it for drinking games. Sanctions have become endemic and for utterly cruel reasons, what sort if human being that actually cared about their fellow humans would sanction someone for missing a meeting because they were in hospital or dying of cancer or any of the other things we hear so often now.
When protesters in wheel chairs are trying to storm parliament because they have reached the point where they are desperate enough to demonstrate rather than try yet another pointless attempt to talk you know things are getting bad.
Under this Tory government the Trickle down economy has been bought to fruition thought what trickles down to those at the bottom isn’t money and while wet certainly isn’t the rain. Austerity has been used to punish the poor for the crime of being poor while the rich and the big corporations are allowed to get away with anything.
The DWP under IDS has changed from an organisation that was nominally there to help people back into work but hidebound and log jammed with layer after layer of paperwork and bureaucracy into something which seems to exist simply to tick boxes, get as many people as possible off the books regardless of the human cost and to encourage people not to seek government help no matter how desperate they may be by being as cruel as they could be.
In 2010 when the Tories came to power and IDS first planted his boot on the throat of the poor the number of people using TT food banks was a little over 60,000. Five years later that number is now over a million. 1,084,604 people of whom a third say that it is delays or problems with benefits that is the reason they need to visit a food bank.
Almost 400,000 of them are children but the Tory response is to look into redefining the definition of child poverty.
When you go from 60,000 to over a million food bank users in just five years anyone who wasn’t a card carrying Tory scumbag would ask why. Any decent human being would ask what the problem was, though few people would ever call IDS decent or even human. But as Mz Patel demonstrated on Monday the Tories can ignore or deny that the sky is blue or that the sun rises in the East if Tory political policy says otherwise.
Over the last five years we have seen exactly what it takes to become a minister under the Tories, an utterly self serving politician, uncaring, cruel even, a liar, refusing to even acknowledge that there is a truth other than the party line.
Well done Miss Priti Patel. You have demonstrated you have what it takes to succeed in this Tory government.