Too many people still think that comments like those of Mark Spencer come from solitary loonies on the Tory back benches. They don’t.
Spencer was voicing opinions held – and often voiced, albeit in different ways – by far too many Conservative MPs and, one presumes, by a considerable number of Tory voters, as well.
It is hopelessly divorced from reality – but then, Tory MPs don’t acknowledge any reality other than their own, it seems. Look at Iain Duncan Smith’s reaction whenever faced with statistics that prove him a fool – he either doesn’t accept them or tells us he “believes” otherwise.
The idea that the education system can “cure” a person of the condition that afflicts them with learning difficulties is just one example of the shamefully blinkered viewpoint held by these creatures.
One can only hope that his Parliamentary outburst alerts the public of Sherwood to the idiocy of the person they elected and in future, like his namesake Frank, he can admit that he’s “had a bit of trouble” – due to his own words.
A Tory MP stunned fellow parliamentarians after defending the benefits system that left a jobseeker with learning difficulties without food or electricity after he was four minutes late for a Jobcentre appointment.
Conservative backbencher Mark Spencer, who represents the Nottinghamshire constituency of Sherwood, made the controversial remarks during a debate on the state of poverty in Britain on Wednesday afternoon in Westminster Hall.
Labour MP Lisa Nandy, shadow civil society minister, told fellow parliamentarians about how a vulnerable person in her constituency of Wigan suffered after having his benefits taken away under the controversial sanctions regime.
In response to Nandy’s speech, Spencer said that people like him needed to learn “the discipline of timekeeping”, and suggested the education system needed to improve to cure the constituent’s learning difficulties.
Political scientist Rob Ford, from Manchester University, accused Spencer of telling job-seekers who miss their appointments to, in effect, “starve in the dark”.
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