People take part in a demonstration to demand more funding for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), in London [Image: Reuters].

We should indeed be grateful to Fiona Robson for showing up the pathological insensitivity of the Conservative Party and its supporters in the week of the Budget.

This Writer’s personal favourite among the reasonable responses to her hysterical tweet of “How many people claiming to be unfit to work were fit enough to travel to & physically MARCH around London yesterday?!” came from Sue Perkins:

What a brilliant reminder of the harm being done to the vulnerable – every day – by Conservatives.

Perhaps we should be grateful to Conservative councillor and “committed Christian” Fiona Robson. She’s reminded everyone just how nasty the Nasty Party (copyright Theresa May) can be, perfectly timing a spectacularly crass intervention for the week of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget.

That intervention was a tweet in response to a quarter of a million people taking to the streets of London on Saturday to protest against hospital cuts in England. “How many people claiming to be unfit to work were fit enough to travel to & physically MARCH around London yesterday?!” she snarled.

Vanishingly few, I would imagine. It may have escaped the attention of members of the “they’re all scroungers” brigade like Robson, who sits on Carlisle City Council, but the workplace fitness assessments brought in by the Conservative Government have seen people literally at death’s door told to get on their bikes and look for work.

One of the people who replied to her tweet said it had happened to their sister, who had been given just months to live.

Source: Tory councillor Fiona Robson asked how many NHS marchers were benefits scroungers and now she’s complaining about the answer

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