The BBC News website, in its article about the death of Cecilia Burns, who, seriously ill with breast cancer, has died after being adjudged fit for work, doesn’t allow comments, which is a pity when it makes witless statements like this, staright out of the IDS playbook:-
The government is seeking to reassess all 2.6 million people on incapacity benefit – and its successor employment support allowance (ESA) – by 2014 in an effort to encourage more people back to work and to cut the welfare bill.
Which, based on all the evidence available, is utter garbage.
ESA was designed from the ground up to strip desperately needy people out of the disability benefits system. It is absolutely nothing to do with getting them back to work for two reasons. One, most are incapable of work and probably unemployable, and Two, there are no fucking job! Nor were there when ESA was conceived. It was designed to do that, not by the Tories, who are more than happy to utilise it, but by James Purnell, for Labour, doubtless with the connivance of David Freud, before he defected to the Tories and got a peerage for his pains.
As I said at the time, I became unable to work during the Thatcher years, but I had no difficulty with my benefits, nor did I have any fear of losing them, until Purnell and his partner in dishonesty,** Freud, came on the scene.
**In their depiction of the chronically sick and disabled community as “scroungers”.
Atos (Labour appointees, let’s not forget), are currently being pilloried, and rightly so, for their adherence to a system that sees many desperately ill people, like Cecilia Burns, pronounced fit for work.
What we must never lose sight of, though, is that Atos are merely puppets, dancing to the tune of multiple puppet masters – Cameron, IDS, and Grayling. These are the people whose corporate dishonesty is directly responsible for the policies that Atos implements, and the rules (known as the “descriptors”), by which people are assessed.
That Atos are unprincipled arseholes is beyond doubt, but the real villains, the people directly responsible for the many hundreds of deaths (1,100 and counting), not to mention vastly more people plunged into penury and/or driven to suicide by the loss of their disability benefits, are the triumvirate of evil scumbags above, among whom the prime mover is Cameron, whose hatred of the chronically sick and disabled community goes beyond anything that can be considered sane.
Cameron is on record, on Thursday, July 16 2009, asking the question “How we can make life better for disabled people?” (Hat tip to @TobyLatimer100 on Twitter.)
A year later he’d embarked upon his campaign to destroy us.
That speaks to either a staggering level of hypocrisy worthy of Hitler, whose “sympathy” for the sick and disabled extended to exterminating them, or a sea-change in his mental state between June 2009 and May 2010. And based on Cameron’s insanely hypocritical performance at the Paralympics’ opening ceremony, I’m opting for both.
Either way, though, Atos are arguably the wrong targets.
I understand why they are the targets, especially during the Paralympics, but shooting the monkey will barely discommode the organ-grinder.
After all, there’s no shortage of monkeys.