It occurs to me, being the cynical bugger that I am, that there is probably more to Cameron’s purge of the sick and disabled (see last post), than immediately meets the eye.
As I said, those who are timed out of ESA will have no means of paying their way. Even if they’re getting DLA, that’s nowhere near enough to live on – for most it won’t pay rent and utilities, never mind luxuries like food and clothes.
The end result is that many of them will die, either by their own hand, as I said earlier, or because of enforced homelessness, Hell, I used to think nothing of camping and walking the fells in midwinter – now I wouldn’t survive a single night – sick and disabled people, forced onto the streets, will die. There is no way they cannot. Not unless I’m right about the workhouse/camps scenario.
Either way, they will be removed from normal society, with few, if any, of the rights “normal” people expect. Either way, there will be a knock-on effect from this – no state pensions.
Think about it. Incapacity Benefit had NI credits. ESA, by it’s very nature, cannot if it lasts but a year. No NI credits, no state pension (no access to the NHS, come to that, but that’s for another day and others more expert than me to wrangle over).
So, however many survivors of the original 700,000 there might be to actually reach 65, there’ll be no pensions waiting for them.
So, what happens, are a load of old people left to their own devices, to live or die as they will – or are we looking at workhouses or camps again?
The more I think about, after a couple of years with thousands of extra homeless people, overwhelming whatever resources there currently are, dying in droves, I can see Cameron standing up in the Commons, oiling his way to the Despatch Box and announcing that the condition of these people was totally unacceptable in a civilised society (ignoring the fact that he caused it), and that accommodation, meals and clothing would, henceforth, be provided, free of charge – in workhouses and/or camps – because, and the Daily Mail and other assorted trolls, twats and fuckwits will lap this up – it is the only way the country can afford to look after its sick and disabled citizens.
Just wait and see.