August 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm #75651Get Rid Of IDS
There’s a petition to debate getting shot of IDS & I would urge you all to please, please sign it.
You don’t have to & don’t have to say if you have or haven’t but, this is really improtant to anybody that’s been affected by this man’s reign.
Only IDS seems to believe that unfair and inappropriate use of sanctions on vulnerable social security claimants is acceptable. And now he’s shown that he thinks it’s acceptable for his department to produce literature that is fabricated in a desperate attempt to make people believe his sanctions regime is working fairly.
It beggars belief that Cameron can, in the light of this embarrassing debacle, continue to back IDS as a credible work & pensions secretary when he has presided over such a catalogue of errors.
In the last few weeks alone, the independent Social Security Advisory Committee has produced a report which says that the Government’s sanctions regime should be given ‘an urgent and robust review’.
And following the Government’s appeal against the Information Commissioner’s ruling compelling the Government to publish figures on the number of people on Incapacity Benefit and Employment & Support Allowance who have died between November 2011 & May 2014, including those found fit for work, a tribunal has now been set for November 10 to hear why Iain Duncan Smith has refused to publish these data.
The sad truth is that IDS is doing everything he can to cover up the mess he has created. This is a mess that is ruining innocent people’s lives &, as the evidence suggests, even killing some. The only credible reason he’s going to such lengths to hang on to his job is because he knows he has so much to hide.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former selfAugust 22, 2015 at 9:28 pm #96792Re: Get Rid Of IDS
Thanks Woogy for asking our contributions to a noble cause.
It is fair to say Mr Smith has made a deep and lasting impression on disabled people.
My gardener was sanctioned for reasons he just doesn’t understand. He had to choose between
eating and paying his rent. Now he has no home. How many butterflies on how many wheels?
If we all had a pound for every version of his initials………………., and not one of them is flattering.
The Indescribably Devious One…… Is our favourite (cleaned up a bit).
What on earth is going on?
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".August 24, 2015 at 3:39 pm #96795Re: Get Rid Of IDS
This person’s inhumanity knows no bounds. His response to calls for his resignation is to scoff at the MP demanding it, claiming “she’s always barking about something & nine times out of ten get’s it wrong” & in the same breath announces plans to make even more cuts to ESA claimants !
The tory reforms are not working. Since 2010 they’ve managed to get just 90,000 off of long term sickness & disability benefits. So, now they’re going to try another tact & suggest that work makes you feel better, as if work is some sort of incentive.
Well bloody done IDS, bravo. You’ve stumbled upon the thing that every specialist & doctor in the land has overlooked. You utter, utter ******* clown !!!
I don’t need an incentive to get better, I’ve already got one. It’s called Muscular Dystrophy. They just can’t accept that there are genuinely sick, ill & disabled people that need to be taken care of. They’re looking at the wrong group in society to make up the short fall that the bankers have cost us.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former selfAugust 25, 2015 at 7:46 pm #96797Re: Get Rid Of IDS
Indeed. The despicable tories just can’t accept that there are sick & vulnerable people that need to be looked after. They can’t get more blood out of this stone although clearly, that’s not going to prevent IDS from trying.
No, in the wake of calls for him to resign he sees an opportunity to float the idea of ESA reform by creating the impression that he’s going to announce a humane, competent understanding of disability & sickness. This doesn’t get off to a great start when the entire first section of his speech yesterday was dedicated to the idea there is a “sickness benefit culture in this country”.
It doesn’t take an expert to grasp that a person being unable to earn an income because of Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis or MD is not a sign of a “sickness benefit culture” but, a sign that someone is sick. Something is not a “culture” because you want it to be. You may as well say Britain has a culture of badgers. Sure, it’s true there are badgers in the country but, knowing that doesn’t make me want to paint myself black & bloody white.
If IDS cared about “supporting” people struggling to work due to illness or disability, he wouldn’t sanction, time limit or directly cut their benefits. Similarly, he wouldn’t annihilate in-work support such as Access To Work.
IDS has stated ESA started to fail when it was no longer a “short term benefit”. Well, no not really you klutz. By its definition, the support group of ESA that is, the group for those who has been found as having no possibility of working, is a long-term benefit. He will not accept that there are those that are not able to work & he is clearly intent on making our lives as miserable as he can until we meet our maker.
They should be focusing on clamping down on tax evasion & stopping MPs (including himself) from abusing so-called parliamentary expenses. They’ve given themselves a whopping 10% pay rise whilst public sector pay rises are frozen at 1%. Let’s have it straight where the real problems lie shall we.
Again yesterday he trotted out the same ol’ line “it is worth reflecting on the fact that we in this country spend more on sick & disabled people than the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) average”. BULL PLOP ! This is the “I know we let the bedroom tax take your house but, in some countries they’d drown you at birth” strategy of political reasoning.
As disability campaigners have been pointing out since 2013 the figures the tories often like to quote are ones that only refer to ‘disability spending’ & ignore those for “sickness” (which funnily enough includes spending on ESA). That & the OECD average includes spending by countries such as Mexico, Chile, Greece, South Korea and Turkey.
More distortion of the truth. More lies. Typical tory. They are dismantling the social system & they can’t do it quick enough. I’d sooner walk to Dignitas in Austria than let these b******* have the satisfaction of killing me.
This quote is from Charlie Brooker & sums up them up quite succinctly I feel: “The Conservative party is an eternally irritating force for wrong that appeals exclusively to bigots, toffs, money-minded machine men, faded entertainers and selfish, grasping simpletons who were born with some essential part of their soul missing.”
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former selfOctober 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm #96798Re: Get Rid Of IDS
I’ve done my best to try & avoid it but, my curiosity got the better of me.
So, there you have it, if you oppose the government & IDS & protest against their reign of sanctions, humiliating & not fit for purpose assessments & question the restrictions/decisions they impose on you, whether it being found fit for work or withdrawing your benefits, & find yourself challenging those decisions with a very real prospect of not living to see the outcome under this administration, then you are Labour supporting bile according to Mr Iain Duncan Smith.
Because that’s what the disabled people are protesting about outside the tory conference as he addresses his multi-millionaire pals. And IDS identifies those protesters as “Labour supporting bile”. His words.
Democracy is dead & you’re not allowed your own opinion if it differs to the tories.
And IDS further warns “the job was not done” & vowed to ensure to make work pay and reduce numbers on sickness benefits. In other words he’s not killed us all yet but, he’s working on it.
Every single person in Britain should be questioning why this king of incompetence is still in office. Universal credit has been a textbook case of how not to overhaul public services & his cruel cuts to social security support for unemployed, sick & disabled people bring shame on the UK as a civilised nation.
There are huge numbers involved in the scandal surrounding his department & the susbsequent deaths of claimants as a direct result of welfare reform that IDS has presided over. It’s hard to get any clarity on those figures as they’ve fought so hard & openly to oppose them being made public. These numbers include 10,600 people who died between January & November 2011 while claiming employment & support allowance (ESA), & within six weeks of their claim ending; the 41,000 people who died within a year of receiving a decision on their supposed “fitness for work”, between May 2010 & February 2013; the 81,140 people who died while claiming ESA or incapacity benefit (IB); & the 2,650 ESA and IB claimants who died soon after being found “fit for work”.
How IDS, who was fundamentally failed in his job, has remained in his post is a political mystery that will confound pundits for generations to come. He should be remanded whilst he awaits trial on charges of manslaughter but, instead, & this makes me sick, he’ll be sitting somewhere smirking over how he has once again got away with it.
But, you can’t say nothing bad about him because otherwise he’ll use his wide & sweeping brush to tar you all with the “Labour supporting bile” moniker.
I just can’t fathom how you can get away with calling the very people that you’re charged with looking after “bile”. But, then we are talking about the man literally getting away with murder so a little name calling must be par for the course.
The tory party is trying to re-brand itself as the party for workers but, a dictatorship run by the privileged few at the expense of the many is a more accurate vision of a conservative future. With trade unions hamstrung, human rights laws abolished & our social security safety net reduced to a minimum, we have no choice but to accept exploitation and inhumane conditions.
I’m not just venting. This is not speculation, conjecture, unsubstantiated anecdotal evidence or the incoherent ramblings of a mad man. I am angry, upset & scared. These are the hard truths, facts about what the less-abled experience every day under this government. It would be novel, as a disabled person, to not have to go through the charade of endless appeals in order to get the support we need, deserve & are entitled to.
*These are all my own views & do not necessarily represent those of The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Talk MD or it’s users.October 9, 2015 at 11:16 am #96800Re: Get Rid Of IDS
IDA philosophy is “If you’re not for me, you are against me and I say whether you are for me”
I have said all along that the system did need revamping, as too many patches, past work arounds and protocols were no longer fit .. but this is taking a chain saw to some overgrown roses
I'm always the animal, my body's the cage
I blog about nothingness www.amgroves.comOctober 14, 2015 at 11:23 am #96803Re: Get Rid Of IDS
If anybody watches the link & is offended I’ll remove it but, I think it sums up the tories nicely.October 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm #96802Re: Get Rid Of IDS
If anybody watches the link & is offended I’ll remove it but, I think it sums up the tories nicely.
Do not dare remove it! It will have millions of hits!
“Mein Cameron”…. Love it!
Even he hates IDS I note!
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".
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