The Nasty Party: Don’t call it a comeback, they’ve been here for years.
On Saturday a reported quarter of a million people marched in London against the Tories sustained attacks on the NHS and their continued privatisation of NHS services. Doctors, nurses, and thousands upon thousands of the general public marched side by side, including the Labour leadership (even if some Labour MPs have been dismissive of supporting the public’s desire to protect the NHS or possess any grasp of Labour’s history or that of working people in this country who have marched for their rights)
Needless to say, no Tory MPs were present at the march and LibDem MPs were equally notable for their absence, possibly for their complicity during their years in coalition with the Tories.
An aspect of the Tories in government since 2010 has been their systematic abuses of people with disabilities:
And, as if on cue, a Tory councillor crept up on the Sunday to join in with the demonising of people with disabilities and benefit claimants, all rolled into one bigoted, abusive and derogatory tweet.
I have chosen to mask the person’s identity because I do not feel her family deserve to be tainted by their association with her. Nor do I feel the school where she teaches should be affected by the fact that they have hired someone with such attitudes towards fellow human beings. I dread to think what she has committed Christian to, I suspect hard labour, I wish him well.
It is no wonder that Tory political figures are so open with their bigoted views, Theresa May, another who has claimed to have committed Christian to sufferings unknown (#SaveChristian) has inherited a nasty party, of which she has contributed much debasement of human dignity herself:
But it seems that people with disabilities have been targeted for disproportionate abuse, egged on by the usual cretins in the media, and that this abuse from the top has been contentedly been embraced by the Tory minions across the country like the aforementioned councillor.
In the routinely shamefully evasive performance during Prime Minister’s Question last week, Jeremy Corbyn held the soon to be ex leader of the Tory Party, Theresa May, to task over the Tories plan to further victimise 160,000 people suffering with disabilities with continued Austerity cuts, whilst handing £1billion in inheritance tax cuts to a wealthy few. The exchange was captured in the media in contrasting ways:
The PIPs that the Sun so joyously reveled in the squeezing of are Personal Independence Payments paid to people suffering long-term ill health or disabilities to assist with some of the extra costs that those people face. The head of Theresa May’s policy unit, George Freeman, summarised May’s position by callously reducing people suffering with mental health conditions, including depression and PTSD, as not having ‘real’ disabilities and just ‘taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety’. It is the callous disregard for basic humanity that we have heard time and again in the language of the Tories; David Cameron’s slip in Parliament, referring to refugees as a ‘bunch of migrants’ is another infamous example.
It is no wonder that local Tory councillors consider it appropriate to demonise people with disabilities as lying workshy scroungers.