Many of you may consider Steve Hedley to be justified in his claim that Conservative policies are killing the disabled. This Writer certainly does – and I’ve seen the figures (or at least, the few that are available).
But look what happened when he said the Tories should be “taken out and shot”. The story ceased to be “The Conservatives are killing the disabled” and became “Union rep incites violence against Tories”.
The message Mr Hedley was trying to communicate was lost.
Shelagh Fogarty isn’t to blame. This Writer has been interviewed by her and she seems entirely reasonable; she was only doing what I would have done in her place.
So that’s why I won’t let anybody make such suggestions in the comment columns of Vox Political. It would give the Uptight Right an excuse to attack and belittle This Blog.
And that would never do.
The boss of one of Britain’s biggest trade unions has claimed Conservative ministers are “murdering” people and called for them to be “taken out and shot”.
Steve Hedley, the RMT’s senior assistant general secretary, also branded senior cabinet figures an “absolute disgrace” for cuts to disability benefits in a fiery outburst on LBC.
Phone-in presenter Shelagh Fogarty told Hedley, “It is not a part of adult, mature negotiation to speak the way you just spoke.” However, the 45-year-old continued his line of attack.
“This government are killing three disabled people a week because of the cuts – you never hear that discussed on your programme,” he lamented.
Why don’t we have more conversations about what’s actually going on in this country?” asked the RMT boss. “The cuts are affecting people’s health and killing people every week.”
“What is it with people – they can’t get down to the nitty gritty and say that this government are actually murdering people.”
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