The brutal difference between what Tories say and what they do

What Tories say:

Today – November 11 – is Remembrance Day. To mark the occasion, the Conservative Party announced a series of policies for ex-servicepeople.

Here’s one of them:

They have also announced extra childcare for military families and a law to protect veterans from “vexatious” legal action connected with their activities in the Armed Forces.

You may think that seems like a nice package.

What they do:

This is David Clapson:

He was a Lance Corporal in the Royal Signals serving in Belfast at the height of the troubles before leaving the army to work for BT. After working for the telecommunications firm for 16 years he became a carer for his elderly mother.

He suffered with Type 1 Diabetes and relied on regular insulin injections to survive.

Ordered to claim Jobseekers’ Allowance by the Tory-run Department for Work and Pensions, his payments were stopped after he missed an appointment and he died three weeks later, of diabetic shock, on July 20, 2013.

He had been unable to pay for the electricity to keep his insulin at the right temperature, meaning it had become unusable.

He had less than £4 to his name, and died with an empty stomach.

The Tories can say what they want and it won’t mean a thing.

This is what the Conservatives do to our ex-servicepeople. 

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  1. Simon Cohen November 11, 2019 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Add to the tragedy of poor Mr. Clapson:

    Veteran homelessness.

    Lack of mental health support

    The idea that the Tories are ‘patriotic’ is a cruel joke!

  2. wildswimmerpete November 12, 2019 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Any decent Party would give veterans a free travel Railcard. Tinpot Dictator Johnson’s loudly trumpeted “offer” means nothing. ALL Railcards afford a 33% discount, only difference is the Disabled Person’s Railcard allows travel 24/7 unlike the others which usually only cover travelling off-peak. The DPR also covers a companion at the same discount. I suspect that many if not most veterans already hold a DPR or Senior Railcard. For what it’s worth, I have a DPR.

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