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Hypocrisy: Amber Rudd says she wants an end to the divisive language that labelled claimants of disability benefits like Personal Independence Payment as “scroungers”. No doubt that would be welcomed by Susan Roberts [pictured] – if only she were still alive. She died surrounded by letters rejecting her application for PIP. And Ms Rudd has not offered to make a single change to the cruel PIP assessment system.


What a specimen of Conservatism Amber Rudd really is!

She wants the Labour Party in her constituency of Hastings and Rye put in “special behavioural measures” after it passed a motion saying – accurately – that accusations of anti-Semitism – labelled “outrageous slanders” – were being “criminally misused in an unscrupulous bid to destroy the Corbyn-led Labour Party”.

But she won’t apologise for the outrageous slanders (libels, really, to use the accurate term) made against the people whose claims for sickness and disability benefits were scorned on the grounds that they were “scroungers”, or “skivers”, or (echoing the Nazis whose policies the Tories have imitated in this respect) “workshy”.

She does say she wants to put that kind of language in the past. This makes no sense, though. The Tories quite clearly haven’t had enough of forcing people with long-term illnesses and/or disabilities towards death – we hear new stories of such tragedies every week.

So it seems to This Writer that the words of Ms Rudd stand on their heads and her hypocrisy is laid bare for all to see.

And I haven’t even had to mention the fact that Ms Rudd has a tiny majority of 346 votes in that constituency and is desperate to discredit the Labour Party, whose policies – under Jeremy Corbyn – are hugely popular.

Incidentally, the Hastings and Rye motion stated that “This ‘crying wolf’” – faking accusations of anti-Semitism to score political points – “could cause valid warnings of anti-Semitism to go unheard.” That is a reasonable concern to raise.

Now consider the Conservative Party. It only bothered to suspend – suspend, mark you, not expel – a few members after they were named on a Twitter account, amidst a rising tide of outrage at that organisation’s despicable indifference to the behaviour of its own members.

As with all good deeds done by Tories, it was motivated by a desire to maintain the approval of the general public – not by any will to do what is right.

Tories like to do what they want – and hide it by saying what they think the people want to hear.

In that respect, Amber Rudd is a typical Tory: A hypocrite.


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