Tory welfare chief Esther McVey has implied her own party’s benefit cuts are “fake news” in a brazen party conference address. The Work and Pensions Secretary lanced an egotistic assault on Labour and “social media” despite cuts being well-documented by think tanks and her predecessor Iain Duncan Smith.
Most working-age benefits have been suspended for four years from 2016/17 to 2019/20, a cut to families real income. The government’s own 2015 Budget said this would cut £4 billion a year from the benefits bill. In the meantime, new benefit Universal Credit is universally acknowledged to be less generous than it was meant to be thanks to cuts by ex-Chancellor George Osborne.
It’s originator, Tory Iain Duncan Smith, announced £2 billion more must be put in to rebuild it, while the National Audit Office has thrown uncertainty on its claim to “make work pay”. The Tories have axed housing benefit for under-22s, only to U-turn and abandon the policy.
They’ve introduced a £20,000 cap on household benefits, and hundreds of thousands of former claimants have been refused disability benefits under the new Personal Independence Payment.
Yet Ester McVey who has herself been forced to correct misleading statements about benefits seemed to imply all these facts were “fake news” because the total amount of money put into the benefits system has gone up.
She told Tory members in Birmingham: “If you were to believe everything you heard from Labour or read on social media you’d think we were somehow letting down the most vulnerable in society – especially disabled people.
“However, those who say we are cutting budgets are peddling fake news.
“So here’s the real news – we have never spent more on those with disabilities and long-term health conditions. We spend over £50 billion a year, up £9 billion in 2010.”
Ester McVey said she became a Conservative to stand against the “ugly, destructive, Marxist, Militant, socialists of the past”.
Blasting the pro-Corbyn campaign group, she told members: “Momentum is the modern day Militant – and remember there are three M’s in Momentum – Militant, Militant, Militant.
“Can you imagine it, this country with Corbyn, McDonnell and Abbott at the helm?
“It would be a political nightmare, with Labour doing what it always does – leaving office with higher unemployment than it inherited.”
She added: “Remember what John McDonnell said about me? That I should be lynched. Well, he picked on the wrong woman!”
(Mr McDonnell has claimed he was quoting an activist who said that, rather than suggesting it personally).
And in a new policy, Ester McVey declared the Citizens Advice Bureau is set to get £39 million to help Universal Credit claimants under the Universal Support scheme, and that the cash will finance advisers to assist claimants to get their first payment on time and be ready to manage it when it arrives.
Ester McVey said the decision to hand responsibility to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) was taken following consultation from claimants and charities. She further stated the DWP will work with Barnado’s from January to offer care leavers work experience in the charity’s high street shops.
She continued: “We want to do more than provide financial support, we want to help disabled people achieve their career ambitions and goals.
“In fact from 2013 to 2017 we’ve helped 600,000 more disabled people in to work through personalised and tailored support.
“And don’t let history be rewritten – it was William Hague in a Conservative Government in 1995 who introduced the Disability Discrimination Act – to champion, support and hold up the values of a caring society.”
This woman is simply a rodent of our society, and what is the DWP’s overall spend on the disabled because honestly, it’s not £50 billion per year. Ester has the attitude and arrogance of a rodent, along with her condescending hatred.
The fact is lies were told about the amount spent on disabled claimants per year, it’s about £2 billion per year, not £50 billion, and Ester is a really cruel woman, spitting on the graves of those thousands that have died, and those thousands that have suffered considerably, thanks to her harmful policies.
The Tories cut £60 a fortnight from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a benefit for the sick and disabled. This is fact, not fake news, and Ester McVey and the Tories are habitual liars, and the sad thing is they don’t care that the people know they’re lying, that’s how brazen they’ve become.
It’s a little like when foxes used to come out to get food from the bins and they were scared of people, now they simply come out among us and help themselves, and that’s what our government are doing. First of all, they were misleading us cautiously and now they couldn’t care less, while they feast off the sick and disabled like blood-sucking zombies.
Another thing, yes, they are spending more on disability budgets but they neglect to mention the huge amount of money they give away to Atos, Maximus and the workfare training providers, so when they say they’re spending more on the disabled that’s fake news, they’re just a bunch of nasty liars.
They said that they’re supporting 600,000 disabled people back into work, is that the new euphemism for sanctioning their benefits? And we should all be more responsible and we should never vote Tory in again, by doing so you’re putting up two fingers to your fellow man in these despondent times, and one day it could be you.
When is it ever right to say people on their death beds are fit to work? And that people with severe mental incapacity are fit to work, and then remove their benefits in some strange belief that this will magically make them able to go get a job.
Particularly when disabled people with jobs are having their means of transport removed because they’re now not getting the right component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or it’s being taken away altogether, so then they can no longer work, then they get sanctioned for not getting a job or not being able to work anymore because their transport has been taken away.
Diabetics are having their incomes cut to the point they can no longer afford the diet they need or to keep their Insulin chilled because they can’t afford to pay the electric bill, so it was cut off. All these things have happened and every time it does happen, all the government say is, “Sorry, it shouldn’t have happened” but they won’t do anything about it, they simply carry on as they were.
But the people are just as blameworthy because they’re out there going on about benefit fraud, yes, of course, benefit fraud does happen, but it’s pretty insignificant opposed to the genuine claimants who actually need it and that pales into insignificance.
Ester McVey is a total liar, she lied to parliament and somehow got away with it, and the fact that there were no punishments on her for blatantly deceiving parliament, and hence the people of the United Kingdom, speaks volumes about the rot that is at the heart of this government.
The Tories are the most repugnant, despicable, misleading political party at the moment, with no class, morals or decency, and this evil hag has been proven a liar, and what a barrel of giggles the Tory party is turning out to be, they’re digging their own graves, and they’re so ignorant the people are now laughing at them with their endless deceptions, the juggling of figures, the randy text messages, a buffoon doing a zip wire slide, and the Prime Minister attempting to dance, it’s like a circus.
Why would anyone want to vote for such a repugnant and catastrophic government that squanders its time slagging of the EU, Russia and the Labour Party? And doesn’t have one piece of positiveness.
The Tories are putting more and more of the taxpayer’s money directly into the palms of their buddies in corporations such as Atos, and are spending more money, and we know it isn’t going to those that need it the most, it’s going to Atos and into the pockets of the few.
All this money is being spent abusing the sick and disabled, and they say that they do this to save money, and we’re quite deluded if anybody believes that our government will spend our taxes wisely.
Ester McVey is quite stupid beyond belief because simplistic fundamental factors confuse her, and when you have an MP who is as dim as Ester McVey, then it’s no surprise why politics is in such mayhem.
We must change the direction of this country. Austerity and ignorance simply don’t cut the mustard any more, particularly when we have one Tory nincompoop supporting a Mary Poppins Brexit, another one cavorting through fields of wheat to have a pop at his party leaders, and now Ester is attempting to dismiss the indisputable.
Do these jokers believe this is what resonates with the voters, or are they simply taking us all for idiots? But they take us for imbeciles because usually, we are because we vote based on party manifestos which are frequently bent, and we’re easily manipulated by headlines.
But then the government are so deluded by their own dishonesty that they’re starting to believe it themselves, and we all know that the government lies, why do you think CON is in Conservatives because they con the public every day.
They never tell you about their non-achievements, that’s because they’re terrified, and that’s why they’re always slagging off the Labour Party in an effort to make themselves look good.
Iain Duncan Smith must have been so ashamed of what he’d done with his elephant benefit shake-up that he in fact created, all because the government wanted potential savings, and paid no regard to human life at the expense of its implementation.
Iain Duncan Smith was named the Minister for Manslaughter for a valid reason, and he realised it was a step too far, and when George Osborne pushed for the full benefits cuts to be executed, Smith resigned.
Our government must stand down for blatantly misleading its people. They should start telling the truth or move aside for someone else who will tell the truth, and a law needs to be enacted which allows for the prosecution of politicians who intentionally distort the truth, but then that would mean that we wouldn’t have a single politician in Westminster – Now there’s a plan with no drawbacks…