09_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,197

Wednesday 09 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Since 1994 the DWP has been infected with the UNUM virus, that is, it’s policy-making has been subject to false claims that disability and illness are ‘Malingering and Illness Deception’ and that through the application of Unum’s bogus biopsychosocial model that ‘work makes you well’. Atos assessment centres were nothing more than ‘Disability Denial Factories’, now taken over by Maximus after Atos £500m agreement to carry out work capability assessments was ended early.

Now that your government have a small majority in parliament Iain Duncan Smith has abandoned all restraint in his attacks on sick and disabled people. His latest plan to force sick and disabled people off Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) even if they can only head butt a large on/off button in a factory as a means of improving their condition is the latest phase in his policies which amount essentially to – work or die.

In a recent letter from Jacob Rees-Mogg he included information about Iain Duncan Smith comparing his welfare reforms to the struggle to end slavery. “Changes to the benefits system are part of a “historic mission” to help people “break free” like William Wilberforce’s campaign to end the slave trade. Britain can only be “great again” if welfare is reformed so that people move into work and take part in the recovery. It will “rekindle pride in communities” as people see their neighbours “thrive”.

Apparently George Osborne’s ‘crackdown’ on in-work tax credits was, according to Smith, because ‘some families spend the extra money on drink and drugs while their children go unfed’. Perhaps we should have a crackdown on the pay and perks of members of Parliament because some of them spend their publicly funded pay on prostitutes, drink and cocaine.

Getting people off ESA is clearly included in those Smith states have been consigned to a “twilight world” of dependence on the state. Disability is not a twilight world, nor is the support disabled people need to live and depriving them of such support, like ESA and the Independent Living Fund, is just unrestrained brutality. Smith is not freeing disabled people from slavery but plunging them into it and a twilight world of abandonment in which ‘two out of five disabled people in this country are now unable to eat, wash, dress or get out of the house’. It is Smith who is a slave, a slave to sick delusion and sadistic fantasy and his own slavish self devotion to being right.