Scottish Parliament heckler provides more proof that Esther McVey really is a ‘stain’ on humanity

McVile: Esther McVey during her evidence session before the Scottish Parliament.

Congratulations to John Pring at Disability News Service for interviewing the man who heckled Esther McVey during her evidence session before the Scottish Parliament on Monday.

It turns out that ‘David’ had raised the case of Jodie Whiting, who took her own life after her Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was sanctioned away from her. This Site covered the case here.

It is disappointing that the interruption was not reported fully by the mainstream media because it highlights the cruelty of both the Department for Work and Pensions and its current boss, and illustrates why they both have to go:

Ms Whiting lost her benefit because she missed a work capability assessment appointment because she was in hospital being treated for a brain cyst.

Let’s all stop for a moment and think about that.

It is entirely reasonable for a person on a long-term sickness benefit to require hospital treatment for their health condition.

While it may legitimately require people to prove their eligibility to receive ESA, it is entirely unreasonable for the government’s benefits agency to demand that sick people miss their treatment in order to tick a box on a bureaucrat’s paperwork.

Health comes first, or it is the system that is sick.

And the Tory-run system is terminal – for users like Ms Whiting. Instead of rearranging the assessment appointment, the DWP cut her off without a penny, triggering a chain of events that led to her untimely death.

When the case was raised, Ms McVey didn’t even have the decency to apologise. Instead, ‘David’ was removed from the meeting.

Could anything be a better demonstration of the arrogance and ignorance of our current rulers?

Rather than face up to their failings, they remove anybody who mentions them. And their complicit media mouthpieces gloss over the incident.

The mother of a woman who killed herself after her disability benefits were sanctioned has praised a disabled activist who confronted work and pensions secretary Esther McVey about her daughter’s death as she gave evidence to Scottish MSPs this week.

The activist, David*, had told Joy Dove of his plans to question McVey about her daughter’s suicide as the minister was giving evidence to the Scottish parliament’s social security committee on Monday.

Jodey Whiting, a seriously-ill mother-of-nine, from Stockton, took her own life last year after having her employment and support allowance (ESA) sanctioned.

She had her ESA stopped after missing a work capability assessment because she was in hospital being treated for a brain cyst, and never opened the letter telling her about the appointment.

David, from the campaign group Class War Scotland, who was sitting in public seats behind McVey, called out (listen from 52 minutes) as she was replying to a question from an MSP about her government’s policies on social security reform and whether she should apologise to the people of Scotland.

David called out: “What about Jodey Whiting, mother of nine, who committed suicide after her ESA was stopped?

“It was stopped because she missed an appointment.”

The committee meeting was suspended and David left the hearing.

Source: Mother of ESA suicide mum-of-nine praises activist for confronting McVey

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6 thoughts on “Scottish Parliament heckler provides more proof that Esther McVey really is a ‘stain’ on humanity

  1. NMac

    McVey is a particularly nasty piece of work who doesn’t want to hear about the tragedies her evil policies bring about.

  2. Pat Sheehan

    In recent weeks it has been a joy to see the lie-ing , scheming, deceitful elements of ‘government’ exposed for all the world to see regardless of the crazy antics of the craven, mainstream media ever determined to perpetuate the massive cover-up. Tragically when it comes to ‘benefit fraud’ there is still a troubling, public blind spot.

    Let there be no doubt whatsoever that throughout the last eight years at least there has been massive ‘Benefit fraud’ in the UK on a colossal scale carried out beneath the eyes and noses of huge numbers of a very gullible and servile public. Government Ministers with compliant support from their ‘shadows’ in other political parties and a host of elected Members of Parliament from all walks of life have connived and schemed and lied to willfully and aggressively deprive millions of sick and disabled and jobless men and women of the bare amount of sustenance required to keep body and soul together to survive. The numbers of the thousands who just couldn’t make it without the most basic of support have been written out of history as a figment of some deluded troublemaker’s imagination.

    I’ve suffered many decades from what is now simply and conveniently called ‘chronic pain syndrome’ and I had so called ‘sick-notes’ from GP’s stating I ‘would not be able to work’ but this was of no consequence for the Government’s Department of Work and Pensions. Following a ‘Tribunal’ the ‘legal’ verdict from a Judge was posted to me some time later. The legal verdict was: “this person ‘might’ be able to do some ‘light’ office work ‘part’ time” and is therefore not entitled to ‘incapacity benefit’! No further appeals were permitted. Just let that sink in for a moment. Might! Light work! Part time!

    All Government Ministers who conspired with others to facilitate this most ‘iniquitous’ of Government Departments in order to better harry and harass sick and disabled people to deter them from claiming so called ‘welfare’ and force them into likely destitution are the Benefit Fraudsters ‘Big Time’ and these are the very nasty individuals who are the ‘lasting stain on humanity’ and the ‘dark force’ in our society. All those Member’s of Parliament who supported any or all of the ‘benefit cuts’, all those who worked for the DWP when maybe they didn’t have to, all those GP’s and members of the Judiciary who conspired to give these heinous changes to the law to give them deadly effect, they are all in this together: they are all ‘Fraudsters’, part of this great, dark, lasting stain on humanity which has yet to really see the light of all revealing day!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I think I may be the troublemaker in whose imagination the thousands of DWP dead are stated, by the government, to be a figment.
      They just don’t bother to check what happens to claimants after they’ve pushed them off benefits, and the law means nobody else can do it independently.

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