Public reaction to Stephen Crabb’s appointment as Work and Pensions secretary has been less than enthusiastic.

Here’s a classic Tory trick: Make an assertion about one issue and then seek to justify it by reference to completely different matters.

So Stephen Crabb tells us his forthcoming cuts to ESA payments are “changing things for the better” – then tries to justify it by discussing an increase in employment.

Those are two different things…

… unless Crabb was trying to imply a subtext.

Isn’t he actually saying, “Oh, look – the number of people in work has increased because of our benefit cuts. It will increase again after we take money away from these sick and disabled people because they’ll have nowhere else to go but employment”?

Nice try, but the argument falls on two vital points:

Firstly, people who are on ESA are unable to work – except in special circumstances that are – or at least should be – designed to help a long-term recovery from their condition. Cutting benefits in the hope that they will seek employment against is certain to worsen their condition, in most cases. Stephen Crabb is trying to force people to their deaths.

Secondly: Last time I looked, unemployment had increased. Where are all these wonderful jobs?

Iain Duncan Smith’s approach to Work and Pensions policy was to lie, lie and lie again. Evidence of this behaviour is legion, on This Blog alone.

Stephen Crabb seems no different. Perhaps that is what he meant when he said there was “no reason” to change.

Disability benefit cuts are among policies “changing things for the better”, the new Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb has said.

Mr Crabb made the claim at his first Work and Pensions Questions session in the House of Commons, during which he was asked how he differed from his recently departed predecessor Iain Duncan Smith.

But Mr Crabb defended the Government’s approach, saying there was “no reason” to change it.

“We are a government that has helped deliver the changes that has seen a huge fall in workless household, we’re seeing nearly half a million more children growing up in a home, seeing a mum or dad going up to work,” he said.

“There is no reason to change policies that are changing things for the better for those who have least in our society.”

Source: Disability benefit cuts ‘changing things for the better’ DWP’s Stephen Crabb says | UK Politics | News | The Independent


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