Disability denying bastards Atos Origin have long had a cosy relationship with the Labour Party who first gave them a contract worth hundreds of millions to strip health related benefits from sick and disabled people. As recently as this year David Milliband was seen cheering on Atos whilst later giving a speech accusing benefit claimants of ‘ripping off society’.
It seems however that David Milliband (pictured above at their Scotland HQ earlier in the year) is not the only member of the fake left establishment to enjoy the company (and in this case money) from the newly rebranded Atos.
The New Statesman have given coverage to the nationwide protests against Atos Origin and their crude methods which have left thousands of sick and disabled people in poverty and led to many suicides. Unfortunately they’ve also been only to happy to take money in the form of event sponsorship from the French owned IT giant. If you back both sides you can’t lose.
Atos Origin have sponsored New Statesman’s Round Table discussions, New Statesman events at the Labour Party Conference and until at least 2007 the New Statesman New Media Awards.
The most recent New Statesman event sponsored by Atos mentioned on their website was in 2009, a round table discussion on defence (PDF). It is therefore entirely possible that the New Statesman have ended their business relationship with Atos. New Statesman fringe events at this year’s Labour Party conference have not yet been announced, so perhaps Atos have been given the cold shoulder there as well. Here’s hoping.
The problem is that over a week ago the New Statesman were emailed with the questions:
Will Atos be sponsoring any New Statesman events at this year’s Labour party conference?
Have Atos sponsored any recent New Statesman events, round table discussions or awards, or are they scheduled to sponsor any?
Will New Statesman consider sponsorship from Atos for events in the future?
And they haven’t answered. Now we know life must be busy in the fast paced world of fake fabian socialism, but we’d like some answers please.
The New Statesman can be contacted at: PressOffice@newstatesman.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org – you can even give them a ring on (0)20 7936 6400 – perhaps if enough people get in touch they may deign to provide us with an answer.
The next National Day of Action Against Atos and Benefit Cuts takes place on the 30th September.