Kitty S Jones is always extremely readable and this article is no exception. I strongly recommend you visit her site to read the rest of it – especially as I am not convinced my excerpt does it justice.
And don’t forget that a great deal of information on government social security policy will soon be available in the book CASH NOT CARE: the planned demolition of the UK welfare state, available as an A4 paperback and hardback, and also as an eBook. The paperback may be pre-ordered here.
Austerity has been aimed exclusively at those citizens who had the very least to start off with. Sick and disabled people have been systematically and disproportionately targeted for cuts to their support.
The public are entirely excluded from this process. This is one way that the Conservatives have been getting away with highly prejudiced, ideologically-driven policies that have not been analysed in terms of safeguarding citizens, impact, compatibility with our international human rights obligations and are neither adequately justified nor evidenced.
Further presented justification for grotesquely unfair policies from the Conservatives is based on a claim that “we have a clear mandate to do this.”
However, new governments who attempt to introduce policies that they did not make explicit and public during an election campaign are said to not have a legitimate mandate to implement such policies.
In order to keep his promises on further future tax cuts for higher earners, Osborne made even more cuts to public services, public sector pay and the social security safety net that are so deep they will severely damage both the economy and potentially, the fabric of our society.
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