'It has been called the “politics of the concentration camp” – not by This Writer, although I’m happy to echo it if you can’t find the original quotation.
The Conservative government’s determination to inflict poverty and starvation on people who find themselves unable to meet its increasingly-extreme demands shows a determination to force the most vulnerable people in our society into conditions that humiliate them, through no fault of their own; de-motivate them, because the constant, ridiculous demands are not intended to lead to any positive resolution; and ultimately, through sanctions, starve them to death.
I wrote about several such cases over the weekend so the memory should be fresh in readers’ minds.
But the Conservatives are unrepentant. Their latest announcement shows that these genocidal deathmongers are delighted with their bloody work and intend to keep the DWP abattoir open until the moment they are removed from office.
The Independent‘s article today (February 11) is mistaken. After nine years it is wrong to say that the Conservatives are “failing” to act over the “grinding poverty” they are forcing on people. That is the intention. They won’t change it because it is doing precisely what it is meant to do. Every death is intended – especially as Tory ministers claim deniability every time they are questioned.
The latest rejection of attempts to mitigate the effects of the Tories’ murderous policies can only be seen as proof of this. The Commons Work and Pensions committee, having given up on attempts to end sanctions altogether, had called for new protections for single parents and people with disabilities and serious health conditions, and a maximum period of two months for such sanctions for the first failure to comply, rising to four and six months for subsequent breaches.'
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