This is the same Labour that this weekend will attempt to hijack the very real suffering of claimants who will be affected by the Bedroom Tax.
Many Labour organised protests against the bedroom tax have been called around the UK in an opportunistic move to exploit poverty and homelessness for their party political ends. Then on Tuesday Labour MPs are expected to vote for Iain Duncan Smith’s emergency bill which will steal money straight from the hands of claimants wrongly sanctioned by the DWP.
Rarely has the existence of a cossetted and out of touch political class been more on display. Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne has far more in common with Iain Duncan Smith socially, economically and politically than he does with the claimants he will be pretending to support in Birmingham at the Bedroom Tax protests.
It is therefore hardly surprising that Labour intend to help IDS vote through laws which will make a mockery of the legal system. Laws that are being introduced simply to cover up Iain Duncan Smith’s shambolic drafting of legislation and the DWPs inability to clearly explain to claimants what is expected of them.
The Labour front bench are happy to sell out working class people just to save a Tory Secretary of State’s blushes. No doubt they expect the favour will be repaid the next time one of them is in trouble. The truth is that most politicians on both sides of Parliament went to the same schools and universities, they drink in the same bars, eat in the same restaurants and most importantly have the same economic and political interests. As the expenses scandal showed – when they all closed ranks as they were exposed as thieves – they really are all in it together.
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