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  • Bill Kruse August 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    In my view the whole point of the ATOS testing is that it facilitates the transfer of hundreds of millions of pounds from the public purse to the private sector. There, it may be divvied up by the crooked businessmen and corrupt politicians (of all parties) involved. It’s just a scam. The tests have no medical merit and no practical application other than the above. These people being declared fit to work are in reality unemployable. The testing ignores any difficulty claimants are likely to have in actually getting to and from any place of work and as many can’t take care of themselves someone would have to be employed to take them to the toilet and feed them as necessary. The fact is that by any reasonable assessment these people are unemployable and so clearly entitled to the financial support the government is taking way from them. The whole scheme is a get-rich-quick scam, nothing more. The papers’ attitude might be explained by the advertising bonanza they can look forward to from disability insurers (such as the hugely discredited Unum who have consulted with both governments about this, Labour and Coalition – Google for Unum scandal to read about their wrongdoings) when disability provision from government is effectively scrapped. Again in my view, Chris Grayling, Ian Duncan Smith et al should be answering difficult questions about this in the dock, not easy ones in the media.

    Workfare and the proposed ‘apprenticeships’ where the unemployed are forced to work for £2.50ph so that they may one day aspire to be shelf-stackers on minium wage, undermine the unions completely. Where are the demonstrations from them about all this? It doesn’t do the economy any good either to have people working for free as they gain no purchasing power from it. An economy needs people to buy things and these people won’t be able to. This seems like a clear-cut attempt to recreate Disraeli’s “Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by a different breeding, are fed by a different food, are ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same laws…. the rich and the poor”

    Hardly progressive, is it?


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