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Esther McVey is the real-life equivalent of Arnold Rimmer from Red Dwarf.

Rimmer (played by Chris Barrie), the incompetent chicken soup vending machine technician, managed to kill the entire crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf (barring his nemesis, Dave Lister (Craig Charles)) by exposing them to lethal radiation. He denied that it was his fault.

Ms McVey, was a part of a team of Tories who devised policies to deprive sick and disabled benefit claimants of the payments to which they were due, leading to thousands of deaths – many of which have been recorded on This Site. Like the rest of the Tories, she denies that it is her fault.

Now we find that Ms McVey is a member of The Samaritans – as was Mr Rimmer.

In the Red Dwarf episode The Last Day, he has the following conversation with Lister:

Rimmer: I used to be in the Samaritans.

Lister: I know. For one morning.

Rimmer: I couldn’t take any more.

Lister: I don’t blame you. You spoke to five people and they all committed suicide. I wouldn’t mind, but one was a wrong number! He only phoned up for the cricket scores.

Rimmer: Well, it’s not my fault everyone chose that day to jump out of buildings. It made the papers, you know. “Lemming Sunday,” they called it.

The announcement that Ms McVey had been named Work and Pensions Secretary, on January 8, received a similar reception from the people of the UK. It wasn’t quite “Lemming Monday” – I’m not aware of anyone actually taking their own life (and I know lemmings don’t actually behave as they did in that old Disney movie) – but I understand that many had to be persuaded out of it.

The operative question now is whether she has any other traits similar to the Red Dwarf character.

I suppose we’ll find out if she turns up at Caxton House in a blue Gingham dress, saying from now on she’ll take all her advice from her favourite sockpuppet, Mr Flibble.

She says people having to go to foodbanks is ‘positive’. She justified huge cuts to disability benefits by saying that ‘bodies heal’, and she used misleading statistics to ‘stoke up antagonism’ towards disabled benefit claimants. Does this sound like the kind of person who should be advising a major charity which supports people in severe emotional distress?

And yet that is the case. It has been revealed that Esther McVey, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and cheerleader for some of the most brutal welfare cuts of recent years, is an advisor to the charity Samaritans

Source: Tory DWP Secretary Esther McVey advises The Samaritans whilst bringing misery to millions of benefit claimants | Evolve Politics


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