Iain Duncan Smith has launched an astonishing attack on disabled workers exposing that the Tories are still very much the ‘nasty party’.
The outburst came when the Daily Express delivered 15,000 ‘Save Remploy’ letters to him from their readers. The Government are closing the Remploy factories in a decision which will see 1,500 disabled workers sacked.
Showing his utter contempt for the soon to be unemployed workforce, IDS snapped:
“Is it a kindness to stick people in some factory where they are not doing any work at all? Just making cups of coffee?”
When questioned on his shocking statements the Secretary of State of Work and Pensions became even more abusive. When a Remploy worker pointed out that they do work in their factories, IDS’ aggressive response was: “You don’t produce very much at all.”
Finally IDS revealed his belief that no disabled people should have any say in their own lives when he said: “How far do you want to go with the idea that you can choose to do exactly what you want?”
Not being able to do exactly what you want, like use the tube in London, is something many disabled people are all too familiar with.
Previously IDS has kept hidden his unpleasant opinions behind DWP Press Releases accusing sick and disabled people of being scroungers or faking it. Press Releases, it should be said, that the Daily Express have been only too happy to splash on their front pages.
This latest temper tantrum has showed IDS for what he truly is. A spiteful, bigoted little shit who can’t keep either his temper or his prejudice under control.
The truth is that Iain Duncan Smith is a political failure. Whilst he’s got time to insult disabled workers, he barely mentions Universal Credit these days. Is his slipping composure down to the fact his deluded plans for a Big Brother style database watching our every move are being revealed as mere fantasy behind the scenes?
The Atos assessments are a brutal shambles and plans to extend this to DLA claimants are already looking disastrous. The Work Programme has collapsed after the business community told them they wanted no part in the ‘toughest ever sanctions regime’ for those not attending workfare. Welfare Reform under IDS is turning into a sick joke, with people assessed as being able to work inconveniently dying a week later, and Work Programme private sector providers scarpering with billions of tax payer’s cash for doing precisely fuck all.
On top of this he is despised by Cameron, Osborne and the rest of the arrogant posh boys in the cabinet. IDS, who has an army background (officer class, it’s a wonder he wasn’t shot by his own troops), is seen as an oik by the new breed of toffs in Government. He hasn’t even made that much money, despite paying his wife Betsy a small fortune in tax payers cash to sit around at home whilst he was Tory leader.
After ‘Betsygate’ blew up IDS was reportedly furious at two Tory Party workers he believed were behind the leaks which led to the scandal. IDS was eventually cleared by the Commons standards committee who called his affairs ‘not ideal’ but conceded no rules had been broken. This is known as getting off on a technicality.
IDS vowed bloody revenge on party worker Vanessa Gearson and Tory Chief Executive Mark MacGregor. He blamed both of them for documentation falling into the hands of the BBC which led to the investigation into his dodgy financial affairs. Despite the two of them being cleared of any wrong doing in 2006, IDS threatened to resign the Tory whip if they were ever allowed to run as Tory MPs.
Whilst Francis Maude amongst others is said to be keen on their return, until now they have not yet been selected as MPs. It is clear that Cameron is too spineless to take on the errant Secretary of State just yet.
Iain Duncan Smith remains a darling of the Tory right despite his string of scandals and mishaps. He is ruthlessly homophobic, having voted against every piece of LGBT rights legislation, except the Civil Partnership Bill, which he didn’t bother to turn up for. Whilst he was party leader the Tories were accused of ‘endemic racism’ by black Tory Peer Lord Taylor of Warwick . He is known to be virulently anti-Europe and was one of the ‘bastards’ who helped orchestrate John Major’s fall from grace. And his latest comments aimed at disabled workers shows his unpleasant views haven’t changed in the slightest from the days when bigotry was the respectable face of the Conservative Party.
All of this makes him popular with the swivel-eyed freaks on the right of the Tory Party. The very same out of touch weirdos who are calling for Cameron’s blood now whilst obsessing about gay marriage. For this reason he’s unlikely to be sacked anytime soon.
Cameron is simply too gutless to remove this embarrassment from government just yet. Far better to let him carry on wasting money on Universal Credit and then, when it fails miserably, regretfully remove him from post. The biggest and most expensive disaster in the history of the Welfare State is steaming ahead simply because Cameron isn’t a strong enough party leader to put the breaks on.
Once again Cameron would rather let the country, our money, and disabled people’s lives go to hell in a handcart rather than damage his own chances of clinging on to the leadership until the next election.
For more info on the fight to save the Remploy Factories visit: http://www.remployworkers.info/