Iain Duncan Smith enjoys slashing benefits so much that he has refused the Justice Secretary post vacated by Kenneth Clarke in today’s cabinet reshuffle.
Today he was jeered and shouted down by protesters as he attempted to justify the DWP Work Capability Assessments carried out by Atos during a debate at Westminster.
Grayling wasn’t the only minister to get the message that he nor his policies were not welcome.
Chancellor George ‘Gideon’ Osborne was surrounded by a chorus of boos from 80,000 spectators around the Olympic Stadium as he was introduced to award the medals for the men’s T38 400m last night.
Campaigners, spectators and Paralympians have pointed out that Osborne should not have been shocked at the hostile reception he received given his Government’s assault on disabled people.
It is an onslaught that seems to be incessant.
Yesterday, Shiv Malik from the Guardian revealed that claimants of disability benefits could face sanctions of up to £71 per week should they fail to take steps to get back into work.
A group of Paralympians have also spoken out against the hypocrisy of government ministers shining in the reflected glory of disabled athletes achievements yet cutting off the very lifeline of benefits that allows them to compete at the highest level.
On Friday, the Government seemed to have no answer to those protesting against them and their pet contractors Atos, whose tests have passed 1100 people “fit-for-work” just before they died.
Other than to send in lines of police thugs to brutally attack disabled activists.
But this movement will not be intimidated.
Unemployed, disabled activists and trade unionists will unite to stop the attacks on the poor next Wednesday.
JOBS NOT SANCTIONS
Protest called by Unite Community London
Wednesday 12th September – from 9.00am
Department of Work and Pensions
6-12 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NA
(nearest stations Westminster & St James Park)
Called by members of Unite Community in London