Baroness Meacher on Austerity and Suicide

This is a short extract from a much longer interview on RT’s Going Underground, in which Baroness Meacher, a crossbench peer and former social worker, discusses her work organising the House of Lord’s blocks against the government’s attempts to remove £4.4 billion worth of tax credits from the working poor.

In this piece she talks about how she believes that the suicide rate will rise, specifically mentioning the poverty caused by rent rises. More people are being dragged to court for their inability to pay the rent. They are then convicted, and so have further court costs and fees added to their debts. Many of those so tried and convicted are disabled. The result, she predicts, will be that sadly more people will die by their own hand.

This is appalling, but I have no doubt that she’s correct, and this will happen unless this vile government is stopped. 590 people have already died in poverty due to the government stopping their disability benefit, thanks to the ‘welfare to work’ tests. Many of these, if you read the stats and biographies produced by Stilloaks and other disability rights bloggers and activists, were by their own hand. According to psychiatrists and psychologists, 290,000 people suffering from anxiety and depression have seen their mental state become worse.

This alone is a savage indictment of the lawless, vindictive, punitive and cruel attitude of Dave Cameron to the poorest in our society.

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4 Responses to “Baroness Meacher on Austerity and Suicide”

  1. jeffrey davies Says:

    the real figure is beyond whot they say thousands and thousands have died at their hands more to come well aktion t4 rolling along without much of a ado jeff3

  2. Philippa Jane Brown Says:

    How can I ‘share’ your blogs Beast? You don’t have a share button. Your blogs are eloquent, topical and cut through the crap. They need sharing. Could you tell me how please?

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for the appreciation. As for sharing them, I wish I knew. I tried putting the buttons on, but didn’t get very far, as I’m afraid I’m not terribly tech-savvy. However, as you ask, I’ll try and get my friends to give me some advice. As for now, you could try copying and pasting them to share them. I don’t know if that’ll work.

  3. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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