Jody Whiting: Another Victim of Tory Benefit Sanctions

It isn’t just the Windrush Migrants, who have been savagely persecuted by the Tories. They’re just the latest victims in their ongoing campaign to humiliate, degrade and impoverish the poor, the unemployed, the disabled, BAME people, in fact anybody who isn’t rich and a member of the corporate elite.

Whiting was a young mother, who tragically took her life a few weeks ago. She had been thrown off benefits because she missed a jobcentre interview. She had good reason. She was in hospital at the time, being treated for a cyst on the brain. Common sense should tell you that this is a severe illness, and that treating it comes very much before attending jobcentre interviews, or indeed, anything else. The jobcentre didn’t see it that way, and stopped her benefits. Just as they stopped them for so many other seriously ill people in exactly the same situation.

Fearing that she would be unable to cope without state support, she took her own life. She dropped her kids off at school, went to the local forest and hanged herself. She had appealed the decision, and her benefits were reinstated. This came too late for her, after she was dead.

Mike put this up on his blog. It’s been a scandal in Scotland, and someone pointedly shouted to ‘Rape Clause’ Ruth Davidson about her, when she appeared to defend the Tories’ record before the Scots parliament. But Whiting is just one of nearly a thousand or more victims of Tory benefit sanctions, who have either starved to death penniless, or taken their own lives out of sheer desperation. There are so many that I’ve lost count. Stilloaks, one of the great commenters to this blog, has published a list on his site, as have disabled organisations and a number of other left-wing bloggers, including Johnny Void.

Many of these people left suicide notes explaining that they were killing themselves because of benefit sanctions. But all you hear from the Tories, when this issue is raised, is the constant refrain that there is no evidence to link their deaths with government policies.

It’s vile, murderous lie, to cover up what Mike and other bloggers are calling the genocide of the disabled.

Stop the deaths. Vote out May and her murderous crew.

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9 Responses to “Jody Whiting: Another Victim of Tory Benefit Sanctions”

  1. Jody Whiting: Another Victim of Tory Benefit Sanctions | Beastrabban’s Weblog | Britain Isn't Eating Says:

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  2. joanna Says:

    Hi Beastie,

    Can you imagine the uproar from human rights if prisoners were denied food if they refused to work? They are given more dignity than law abiding citizens and children!!! No-one seems to take any notice when I say this which is crazy.

    Giving an unstable personality such power over life and death, is horrendous, how do we know how many of those already work at the Job Centre? In effect this government have legalised Murder, as long as they are commiting it!!!

    Me Voting Labour Today!!!!

  3. Jeffrey Davies Says:

    It’s all part of their master plan aktion t4 denying the peasants their right to benefits

  4. Jeffrey Davies Says:

    Aktion t4 rolling along without much of a ado

  5. Florence Says:

    Under the UN Treaty on Human Rights it is illegal to use starvation as a punishment, I understand. Yet this is exactly what the sanctions are designed to do – it is stated in the DWP Handbook which state that sanctions will produce physical and mental “discomfort”.

    (And while Yvette Cooper is being lauded for her “Windrush” success by the RW journalists and PLP (ignoring Diane Abbot, David Lammy and the others who have done all the work – racist much?) she was the one who designed the DWP system much as it is today, persecuting the people who need the Social Security safety net. Yes, the Tories have made it worse, but she gifted them this system of assessments and sanctions. Yet even after the UN report on the abuse of human rights by the DWP, she made election promises to be “harder than” IDS on the ‘scroungers and frauds’. I hope that she is not proposed again as a contender for the Labour Leadership, she is unfit on that very simple, human test.)

  6. Ctesias62 Says:

    Since my mum’s death in Feb have been struggling with esa claim and therefore h/benefit etc. I knew what to expect (have been nul pointed 3 or 4 times on Wca!) but it’s worse than ever. As for my dealings with westminster council, maybe I should impersonate councillor davis (tory!) and gorge on his free lunches courtesy of spiv developers!

    • beastrabban Says:

      Sorry to hear about your mother’s death, Ctesias, and your problems with the ESA claim, which too many people have problems with, not just yourself. Under the Tories, it is very much one law for the rich, and another for the starving poor.

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