Steve Dymond: His death following an appearance on a TV show is more important to Conservatives than all the many thousands their benefit policies have triggered.
Tory double-standards have hit a new low.
It seems the Conservative government – including its leader – has expressed “deep concern” about the death of a guest on ITV’s Jeremy Kyle Show.
The concern is that the show’s producers did not adequately observe their own duty of care to guest Steve Dymond, who is believed to have taken his own life after being filmed for an edition of the programme.
It seems Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said the death was a “deeply concerning case”.
According to Sky News,
“Broadcasters and production companies have a responsibility for the mental health and well-being of participants and viewers of their programmes,” they said.
“We are clear they must have appropriate levels of support in place.”
Damian Collins, Conservative chairman of the commons digital, culture, media and sport committee, said TV companies
“have a duty to care to the people who take part in their programmes”, while Tory MP Simon Hart, who also sits on the committee, described the Jeremy Kyle Show as “car-crash TV which revels in people’s terrible misfortune and sometimes their vulnerabilities”.
And Charles Walker, vice-chair of the parliamentary group on combating suicide and self-harm, called on ITV to stop commissioning the show.'
Read more: Suicide: If the Jeremy Kyle show had a duty of care to guests, what about the government’s duty to benefit claimants?