[Image: Rowan Gillette-Fussell via photopin cc].

Some readers will no doubt believe the harm done to people with long-term illnesses and disabilities is justified; they’ll have been taken in by the lies distributed by the Tories and the Tory press.

But Mo Stewart – who should need no introduction on This Site – is right: Not only have the Conservatives manipulated the benefit system to force claimants into destitution and death, either by the worsening of their conditions or by despair-fuelled suicide, they have also manipulated the public into helping that agenda with violence.

It is no comfort that the same Conservatives would merrily support prosecutions against those who carry out such violence against the sick and disabled. They are hypocrites, after all.

And the policy has been so successful that the Tories have expanded it to encompass hatred against people from foreign countries and (now) pensioners.

Personally, I blame New Labour – for rejecting socialism, thereby failing to provide an alternative to Tory policies of hate during its 13 years in office.

It is as Martin Niemoller said in his poem: “First they came for the socialists…”

The manipulation of the British public is not difficult to achieve when the entire national press and media resist alerting the nation to the realities behind the ongoing welfare reforms.

What remains unreported are the rising numbers of deaths all linked to the ongoing welfare reforms, numbering in excess of 100,000 chronically sick and disabled people since January 2011, as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) once again refuse to publish the updated mortality totals.

The DWP adopted the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) to resist funding benefit claims, as co-designed by [a] corporate insurance giant who expected to gain from the demolition of the welfare state, with an anticipated increase in the purchase of private healthcare insurance in the UK.

All government claims about the welfare state since 2010 have been to manipulate the British public, to successfully reduce the public sympathy and support for chronically sick and disabled people and to guarantee that people unfit to work for health reasons would live in fear of the DWP, whose cruelty knows no limits.

Rather than exposing the impending demolition of the welfare state, the mighty Tory press and media have successfully influenced the British public by reporting the rhetoric of DWP Ministers, which sells newspapers but misleads the public.

Aided and abetted by banner headlines, DWP Ministers insisted that many claimants of out-of-work disability benefit were ‘inactive’, ‘skiving’, ‘scrounging’ and ‘workshy’.

Claimants of such benefits were clearly a burden to ‘hard working tax payers’, so these dishonest people must be identified and forced to find work.

These totally false claims have worked well, with a 213% increase in disability hate crimes during the Coalition government’s term in office.

Source: Welfare reform is killing people, but the Tory press don’t want you to know

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