It is very easy to think that campaigning against government policy is pointless and that nothing will change. A commenter to This Blog said as much today (Monday).
As the person responsible for a Freedom of Information request that eventually shed light on some of the deaths that have taken place as a result of the policies of Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, it is pleasing to see that my work – and that of the other campaigners whose work has supported or complimented mine – has not been in vain.
The full death toll has not been published because the Department for Work and Pensions refuses to check what happens to people it has thrown off benefits, but there is enough evidence to suggest that a future Labour government should launch a full investigation.
For now, we have the spectacle of the Gentleman Ranker being forced to run from one of his own Job Centres to remind us that what we are doing really is worthwhile.
Here’s a video of it (thanks to Tony Dean for the link):
Iain Duncan Smith hid his face with a newspaper and fled a London job centre today, as furious protesters shouted “murderer” at him.
Demonstrators hurled abuse at the Work and Pensions as he visited Peckham Job Centre, after it was revealed one in ten so-called ‘fit for work’ assessments for sickness and disability benefit claimants was performed inadequately.
Mr Duncan Smith held up a copy of the Daily Mail to shield his face, as his blacked out Range Rover was blocked in the driveway of the centre by the pack of angry activists.
They shouted “scumbag” and “murderer of disabled people” through the tinted windows, as Police struggled to clear a path for the minister’s vehicle.
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