Vox Political Defends Piece Attacking Labour for Allowing WCA Deaths

Earlier this week I reblogged a piece by Mike, in which he attacked the Labour party for continuing to allow disabled people to die due to the Work Capability Test. He was incensed at what Liza van Zyl, a fellow campaigner against the WCA, had been told by the Labour MP Owen Smith. Smith stated that Labour would not consider scrapping the WCA before the election, because of the fear that the right-wing press would torpedo their chances of getting elected with the charge that Labour were ‘soft on welfare’. They might, however, review the situation after the election.

Mike criticised this policy on the grounds that it was absolutely immoral and unjust for disabled people to continue to die because of the test just so that Labour could get elected. He pointed out that the party would get far more support by openly appealing to disabled people, their relatives, friends and supporters, by openly opposing the test. He also makes the point that if Labour did scrap or modify the test after the election, without any previous announcement that they would do so, they would be guilty of the same deception and mendacity as the Tories and Lib Dems, a cynical attitude that has done so much to put people off politics and politicians.

In order to encourage the party to do the right thing and scrap the test, Mike offered to write a letter to one of the right wing papers making the above arguments.

The piece was immensely controversial, garnering 92 comments. Mike says that most were supportive, but he also received some criticism. Amongst other accusations, he was told that he was working for the Tories in order to destroy Labour’s chances at the election. Mike here defends his comments, stating clearly that the purpose of the WCA is to give money to the private firms that administer it while throwing the disabled themselves off benefit. Many of these have consequently died of starvation and despair. As he says, ‘death surrounds the process’.

Mike also attacks the way Liza van Zyl has been hounded off Facebook and Twitter because of her piece reporting what she had been told by Owen Smith. Mike states that Smith’s comments could be a fudge, or he might be serious about Labour reviewing the situation after the election. Either way, it’s the kind of deception practised by the Tories and their Lib Dem lackeys, of which the public are well and truly sick.

He provides further proof just how mendacious and duplicitous this government is by repeating, once again, how the DWP is refusing to release the figures showing how many people have died due to the WCA. He then argues that there is a desperate need for Labour to scrap the wretched test, because Labour is the only party that stands any chance of getting the Tories out.

Mike’s article’s entitled Work Capability Assessment fuss shows Labour must change its ways. It begins

Yesterday’s article on Labour’s attitude to the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), used on people applying for incapacity or disability benefits, was probably the most controversial to be published by this site.

Look at the article‘s comment column and you will see the strength of support for this writer’s planned open letter. It calls for Labour to accept that the public opposes the continued use of a system that is responsible for as much death as the WCA undoubtedly is.

You will also see a few critical comments, and it is fair to say that there have been quite vicious attacks on the other social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Let’s try to address some of those.

Some claimed this writer was some kind of agent provocateur who had timed an attack on Labour to ruin its chances – a curious suggestion, considering the report was about someone else’s response to the ill-considered comments of a Labour shadow cabinet member, over which Yr Obdt Srvt could not have had any control.

Some claimed that Labour’s attitude to the WCA has already been addressed by Rachel Reeves’ promise to reform it – even though it cannot be reformed. It is beyond rehabilitation. The Work Capability Assessment serves a twofold purpose: It shovels taxpayers’ money into the hands of private, profit-making firms, and in return those firms do their best to disqualify claimants from receiving payments. If there was no intention to pervert the benefit system, governments would rely on the word of claimants’ GPs and the specialists working on their case. The responsible course of action is to get rid of it – before it kills anyone else.

It’s at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/03/11/work-capability-assessment-fuss-shows-labour-must-change-its-ways/. Go and read it. It makes sense, which is more than the WCA ever has.

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2 Responses to “Vox Political Defends Piece Attacking Labour for Allowing WCA Deaths”

  1. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. Chris Says:

    …he was told that he was working for the Tories in order to destroy Labour’s chances at the election. …

    Neithr Tory nor Labour party can achieve a majority and rule government on thieir own from May.

    All pundits predict the most severe hung parliament, from the fewest voters coming out to vote.

    Even with the SNP, Labour can reach the magic figure of 323 MPs to form a majority government in Westminster.

    The way to get the end of the cruel benefits culture that is due to make starvartion causing sanctions permanent with the Universal Credit, even to pensioners short of a state pension by affecting Pension Credit, as the below.

    In England, there are a great many marginal seats for the Tories and Lib Dems, where the majority of the voters are the victims of welfare and pension reform, aka aboliton.

    If Labour backed by funding advertisment ads or encouraged all the trade unions to also give equal funding to these parties in the Lib Dem and Tory marginals in England:

    – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)
    ex Labour MPs and councillors anyway and
    running in 111 MP areas

    – Class War
    (mostly in London and great for the youth vote)

    – Mebyon Kernow
    (Cornwall has the most slim marginals of sitting Tory and Lib Dem MPs).

    Thus a group of parties could ally to gain the number of 323 MPs minimum to form a majority in government.

    And shut out this coming nightmare, of
    The Tories staying in government are a caretaker parliament, even if Tory MPs lose their seats.

    So staying for another 5 years, when they were not voted into office.

    This method of multi party alliances have worked very successfully for years in Europe long before there was an EU, and continues fine to this day.

    Will Labour or the trade unions be this clever?

    Or will we sleepwalk into the starvation and death of another 5 years of Tory rule?

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

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