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Esther McVey, the new Work and Pensions secretary [Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA].

Does he mean This Site? Surely not!

There has certainly been a huge amount of ill-feeling towards Esther McVey’s appointment as Work and Pensions Secretary – all of it entirely justified, in the opinion of This Writer.

Ms McVey’s record speaks for itself – and it makes grim reading, as those who saw my article earlier this week know very well.

But some people have resorted to abuse, and worse. Threats of violence and death have no place in civilised political discourse, and those of us who oppose Ms McVey should not lower ourselves to her level.

We defeat Tories by being better than them – not by being as bad.

Jeremy Corbyn believes the appointment of Esther McVey as work and pensions secretary is alarming, his spokesman has said, while condemning online abuse of the newly promoted MP.

Her appointment this week to the work and pensions post has been widely criticised on social media.

Asked whether Corbyn would condemn such attacks, his spokesman said: “Jeremy has made clear time and again that he is opposed to all forms of online harassment and abuse, and if there are such cases then they obviously should not take place.”

But he went on: “Esther McVey is extremely unpopular because of her record in the last government as a DWP minister and the treatment of disabled people under that government, so it’s not encouraging at all – it’s alarming – that she’s now taken on this role, with all the baggage that goes with that.”

Asked about separate comments by [John] McDonnell about McVey being a “stain of inhumanity”, the spokesman said: “He’s obviously very critical of Esther McVey because of her record… He has a very strong view that her record was, and has been, disastrous and very damaging for disabled people.”

Source: Corbyn criticises Esther McVey promotion but condemns online abuse | Politics | The Guardian


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