Did McVey resign to avoid dealing with UN report on poverty?

Professor Philip Alston: He came to his conclusions by listening to people affected by Conservative policies on the poor, sick and disabled. Tories implemented those policies by ignoring the very same people.

Let’s get this right: UN special rapporteur Professor Philip Alston is set to issue a preliminary statement on the connection between Conservative government policy and the increase in poverty, homelessness and benefit-related suicide, on November 16 – and Esther McVey resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary the day before.

She quit to get out of having to answer his charges, didn’t she?

I mean, it’s more believable than her claim that she couldn’t look her constituents in the eye and defend Theresa May’s Brexit deal, isn’t it?

If you’re wondering why Ms McVey would want to pretend to quit over Brexit, rather than defend her record and that of the other Tory Work and Pensions secretaries since 2010, consider what we know of Professor Alston’s findings:

He berated the Tory government for “outsourcing” the task of keeping people alive to food banks.

He has heard stories of “families facing homelessness, of people too scared to eat, of those on benefits contemplating suicide”.

And he said the effect of Universal Credit – hey, what’s Esther McVey’s position on Universal Credit?

… And he said the effect of Universal Credit on the poverty experienced by disabled people and other groups “would play an important part” in his report.

So what do you think?

Did Esther McVey resign because of Theresa May’s Brexit?

Or did she want to get out of being told off by the man from the UN?

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  1. Nicki Myers November 15, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I hadn’t considered this but you’re absolutely right. She doesn’t have a principled bone in her evil body.

  2. Pat Sheehan November 16, 2018 at 12:48 am - Reply


  3. Justin November 16, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

    it easier to lie in public than face a commission that has been handed over 300 statements, taken time out to talk to people, perhaps they should get some of the faceless civil servants like o reilly from ni and schofield from England to answer the questions instead, who needs ministers when we have them

  4. John Costello November 16, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Esther McVey was already clearly struggling as the opposition to Universal Credit continued to grow.

    Those who have worked in the field of abuse will know that abuse is most likely to occur when people working for organisations where they are given discretionary powers are in regular and continuing contact with those who are relatively powerless (often the most vulnerable members of society).

    Iain Duncan Smith, with his welfare reforms, created an environment within the Department for Work and Pensions where abuse could flourish, and it has continued to thrive.

    It may be that the fate of the Prime Minister will be determined by the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, however it is right that she should also be condemned for repeatedly turning a blind eye to the deliberate and systematic abuse of benefit claimants and allowing such abuse to continue unchecked.

    John Costello
    Activist for ‘We Are Shadows’

  5. Lee S Morton November 16, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

    The trash just took itself out

    • Justin November 16, 2018 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      to be replaced by another adequately useless piece of trash

  6. Barry Davies November 16, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    No she resigned because weak and malleable reMAYner totally capitulated to the unelected Brussels committee and no one with any integrity to could accept the deal when there hasn’t been a single second spent on trade just how to screw the electorate and keep us in.

  7. nmac064 November 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    McVey is just another thoroughly dishonest, unprincipled and nasty piece of Tory work.

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