Lord Freud, said by many to be the architect of the bedroom tax and some wider welfare reform policies has been recorded saying people with disabilities are NOT WORTH THE MINIMUM WAGE of £6.50 per hour and should be paid £2 PER HOUR FOR THE WORK THEY DO.
Here is a link to how Sky News report this which includes the tape recording of Lord Freud saying this.
There should be no need for any comment from me other than to say resign yet Cameron defended him at today’s Prime Ministers questions.
For every minute Lord DAFT (David Anthony Freud Tory) dallies and dithers as to resign or not the pressure on Cameron and the Coalition government to sack him rises ten-fold and if Cameron does not act swiftly then the political repercussions for the Tory Party are huge as the general public will believe Cameron and the Tories support his outrageous view.
The Sky News report reads:
In a direct challenge to David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions, Ed Miliband revealed comments made by Lord Freud at a think-tank event in which he suggested disabled workers should only be paid £2 an hour and not the full £6.50.
Lord Freud made the comments after being questioned on disabled people and the minimum wage by a Conservative councillor. According to sources at the event the question was specifically aimed at the mentally handicapped.
“Now, there is a small…there is a group, and I know exactly who you mean, where actually as you say they’re not worth the full wage and actually I’m going to go and think about that particular issue, whether there is something we can do nationally, and without distorting the whole thing, which actually if someone wants to work for £2 an hour, and it’s working can we actually … “
Resign or be sacked!
What a caring lot the Tories are!!
Apologies for such a quick update but what is swirling around in my head right now is this. Lord Freud is the architect of the hugely unpopular bedroom tax. The Tories know the bedroom tax is an electoral liability to them. The Lib Dems and Labour are queuing up to take opportunistic political advantage of this as in the Andrew George bill of last month and the Barbara Keeley Bill of yesterday.
SO, will Lord Freud be used as the excuse for the Tories to withdraw the bedroom tax and abandon the policy?
Don’t want to get 480,000 households hopes up but that angle is intriguing