Ministers have been attacked for breaching a promise to introduce a change to cut the enormous number of benefit sanctions, plunging people into the suffering of starvation and removal from their homes in some circumstances.
A yellow card scheme, giving claimants 14 days to question a judgment to dock their benefits on the grounds it was inflicted unfairly, was promised more than two years ago in October 2015. However, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has now speechlessly acknowledged that the move has been suspended indefinitely because an evaluation has proved complex.
The position has been rebuked by Frank Field, the chairman of the Commons Work and Pensions Committee, who highlighted the horrifying suffering that bans are still creating and it comes as the number of penalties begins to grow again, driven by an eruption in the number of penalties inflicted on claimants of universal credit.
One constituent of Mr Field, the MP for Birkenhead, was recently docked benefits for missing an appointment to get universal credit because he was in an operating theatre at the time but the DWP later admitted it was a legitimate reason and issued a back payment but the damage had now been done. The loss of money resulted in the constituent being evicted.
If people are in support of the current benefits policy then they have to be one of three things. Severely misinformed, a total nincompoop or totally uncaring about whether disadvantaged, unemployed and disabled people live or die.
Sadistic arsehole comes to mind as well as sociopathic sadists who actively take delight in other people’s suffering and the British people repeatedly vote them back in because they’re told by the newspapers that they read that the alternative is an evil, bloodsucking animated Stalin.
There’s a level of supporting a system that comes with the high focus on an individual person and we live in a time where there is a dominant political ideology that is of individuality.
Nevertheless, collectively we want to see people fail and there’s an element of well they probably failed at something anyhow and for the same reason we worry more about homeless dogs because we can’t imagine they would ever deserve that.
However, for some strange reason, we are more than content to think his owner has some shortcoming that suggests it’s relatively alright that he’s homeless and it’s not even a moral failing, simply a financial one.
We all know the market is not currently dishing out money through any ethical system at all and there are people all over the globe doing thousands of things more harmful than any homeless person on the street.
We support a system that penalises people for not having enough money, then work backwards to implicate them morally.
There are different rules for anyone middle class and up of course and spends more on attacking, evaluating and sanctioning people than any of it saves the taxpayer and I’m not sure what’s sadder, the DWP who gleefully target sanctions or the utter arseholes who seek to rationalise their behaviour and human suffering is a cause for celebration for some people.
Perhaps the spiritualists and the religious nutcases are correct. Perhaps good and evil are things and not simply ideas. Perhaps there does exist possessed beings who frolic and dance in the high winds, the human spirits of annihilation.
Perhaps some people aren’t actually people at all, like the bots and sockpuppets on certain websites and perhaps beasts actually do walk amongst us. After all, why would someone put a meaningful amount of effort into taking someone’s disability payments away, or destroy whole communities on the coasts of the Mediterranean after making yet another hundred million, as if the first few hundred million weren’t enough and perhaps the demons are some sort of an explanation?
If we could detect brainwaves, we’d see how bad attitudes can develop. They’re the true demons and if you’re a Jobcentre advisor with a bad attitude, you can spread it around by sanctioning people for crap reasons.
The government may have a coherent voice, but they clearly don’t have a coherent brain to go with that voice and the government have openly and brazenly shown that they don’t care if the poor live or die.
They care more about wasting taxpayer money by channelling it into private deals and ripping away money from the most defenceless to satisfy the most extreme and brutal far-righters and far-right rags that scream their propaganda about scroungers.
The government doesn’t care in the slightest about you or if you’re out of work, regardless of the reason. They want you off benefits and are quite content for you to suffer and even possibly die as a consequence.
They are arseholes who care only for themselves with an illogical resentment of the poor and what we should remember is this, they’ve repeatedly been told sanctions don’t work and are more costly to the taxpayer than not using them, and yet they’ve chosen to move on with a dangerous and harmful system.
Next time they profess to be fiscally responsible and are helping people back into work, making work pay and all their other nonsense, we must have a listing of the dozens of ways their words and performances fail to match up.
But realistically, it further comes down to how indifferent people are and people in general simply don’t care anymore and there were numerous people who voted to abandon the EU because they simply didn’t want weirdly shaped vegetables in Aldi, people who voted Conservative just because they were already in power and they hadn’t tried to google the options.
The level of madness is unbelievable and this is why elections shouldn’t be held because people overall, are too misinformed and slothful to make an informed judgment.