Was political propaganda as blatant as this under Labour?

Mike runs the latest public relations statement issued by the DWP through his anti-official lies universal translator (like the one used in Star Trek to translate Klingon, Ferengi and Vulcan into English, only much tougher as it has to do a nastier job) to present the unpleasant truth behind the DWP’s reassuring verbiage. In fact, deliberately misleading language has always been part of the official rhetoric of the Right. Under Maggie Thatcher, whenever she cut services and the welfare state, it was always trumpeted to the media as ‘More self-help’. Which encapsulated the Tory ideology and was so much more election-friendly than saying ‘even less government help’. And when Hitler exterminated the Jews, the genocide was couched in similar obscure language to disguise what was going on. The transportation to the death camps was simply describes as ‘special executive orders’, and the victims weren’t killed, they were merely ‘transported to the east’.

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The DWP press office put out a diabolical piece of bilge masquerading as news on Friday. It’s so godawful I have to share it with you.

The gist is that the new ‘Claimant Commitment’ a contract “demanding more from jobseekers” is now in place across the whole of the UK, with 635,000 JSA claimants having been forced to sign these agreements.

But let’s go through it in detail, with each paragraph clarified by Vox Political‘s special ‘BS’ translation service.

“The Claimant Commitment has now been successfully rolled out across the country, the latest figures show. It means all new jobseekers and those completing the Work Programme must agree and sign the commitment in order to receive benefits.” Translation: It doesn’t matter that you’ve paid taxes all your working life – you do what we say or we bankrupt you.

“The new agreement sees jobseekers agree the steps they will…

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