Speaking to Channel 4, Cameron said: “It’s about the inspiration and it will change people’s minds and that’s what matters. It’ll teach people about what they can do, rather than what they can’t do.”
This is the exact same line that has been used to strip benefits from hundreds of thousands of disabled people. Here’s a DWP spokesperson saying the same thing in the Daily Express to justify the Work Capability Assessment, the brutal computer based tests used to declare sick and disabled people fit for work: “We’re overhauling the whole system of incapacity benefits to place the emphasis on what work people can do, not what they can’t”
This line as been trotted out time and time again by Ministers and DWP officials as justification for the brutal new benefit eligibility tests that have tragically driven an increasing number of people to suicide. Those with serious disabilities or illnesses, including those undergoing chemotherapy, have all been stripped of sickness or disability benefits on the basis that there might, possibly be a job they could somehow do. As one Tory MP, Nadine Dorris put it, “if you can tweet you can work”.
It seems that even at the opening of the Paralympic Games Cameron can’t resist trying to crowbar some subtle benefit bashing into the proceedings.
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