George Freeman MP.

Tory MP George Freeman has said he “regrets” comments he made suggesting that PIP should be directed to those who fit an arbitrary Tory description of the “greatest need”, rather than people sitting at home popping pills for anxiety.

Here are his original comments:

He seems to have partially retracted his comments on Twitter. See what you think:

It’s not a proper apology, is it?

Notice the ‘special pleading’ – that he was a child carer living with alcohol (by which I think he means the cared-for person was the drinker). This may well be the first anybody has heard of it, as it isn’t on his personal website or even his Wikipedia entry.

In any case, if he was a child carer in such circumstances, then he should have known better than to slate people living with mental health disabilities in the way he did.

Personally, I do not think his words constitute enough of an apology. He should be a man about it and apologise fully and frankly.

He should also undertake to vote against the change in PIP eligibility regulations being proposed by his boss Penny Mordaunt, but I guess that is too much to demand from a selfish and disgusting money-grubbing Tory like him.

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