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Carers UK Forum • Petition: Iain Duncan-Smith not to receive Knighthood
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Petition-Ian Duncan Smith should NOT receive a Knighthood

Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:17 pm
by Huegatort
There is a petition on change.org

Please read the information below; thank you.



This petition objects to the Knighthood of Iain Duncan Smith.[/b][/u]


During his time as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith was responsible for some of the cruellest most extreme welfare reforms this country has ever seen. Under his stewardship of the Department of Work and Pensions the UK became the first country to face a United Nations enquiry into human rights abuses against disabled people – an investigation which later confirmed that our government had been guilty of “grave and systemic violations of the rights of disabled people”.
The suffering and impoverishment which are a direct result of the welfare reforms he has implemented are now undeniable. The callous and humiliating Work Capability Assessments where people with chronic disability are required to continuously prove they are deserving of their welfare payments or else be stripped of their entitlements have caused needless stress and misery. They have also been directly associated with relapses of depression and anxiety in patients with chronic mental illness. They have even been linked to excess deaths through suicide.
As a NHS psychiatrist I have had the experience of being sat in A&E departments with people diagnosed with chronic mental illness who have been driven to panic attacks, acute relapses of their depressive illness and to suicidal ideation as a result of the anxiety caused by these tests and over the prospect of losing the welfare payments they and caters rely on. This has only intensified with the chaos and uncertainty of Universal Credit a system known to be causing hardship to millions and for which Iain Duncan-Smith is again culpable.
Over the past decade of austerity, very little has demonstrated the callousness and incompetence of this Tory government than their treatment of people with disabilities and mental illness. There is no place for these cruel dehumanising measures in any civilised compassionate society, and the fact that Iain Duncan Smith the individual responsible and the architect of such misery, is to receive the honour of a knighthood is an insult to the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable individuals across this country who are suffering as a result of his policies and to those who have tragically lost loved ones as a direct result. He must not be knighted.

Re: Petition-Ian Duncan Smith should NOT receive a Knighthood

Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:20 pm
by Chris From The Gulag
As mentioned in the main UNIVERSAL CREDIT two day ago :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/post/edit?f=17&p=420928

More than 100,000 people sign a petition to block ex-work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith from receiving his knighthood.

The Change.org petition had attracted nearly 120,000 signatures by 11am today.

Claimed Sir Iain had been the architect of " Cruel and extreme welfare reforms. "

However, Jeremy Hunt praised colleague for standing by his " Moral convictions. "


This has only intensified with the chaos and uncertainty of Universal Credit a system known to be causing hardship to millions and for which Iain Duncan-Smith is again culpable.
Over the past decade of austerity, very little has demonstrated the callousness and incompetence of this Tory government than their treatment of people with disabilities and mental illness.


I too have direct first hand experience in the fallout from UC ... immediate neighbours and cases referred from the local food bank.

The biggest problem , by percentages , is the working poor ... and zero hour contracts ( Source : Trussells ... main FOOD BANK thread ).

As a general observation , it's the carees who have been caught by UC ... family / kinship carers roped in through association.

A caree / carer ... a partnership ... and what effects one partner will also effect the other.

Re: Petition-Ian Duncan Smith should NOT receive a Knighthood

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:02 am
by Honey Badger
Saw this last week and signed immediately, though it will likely come to bugger all.

Nothing but misery from those policies.. I've known strangers, people I've tried to help and family members alike fall foul of them, individuals severely disabled/bed bound being told their fit to work, countless people on so called fast track due to terminal illness dying before receiving a penny and more.

I like to think when it comes down to it, most people have the potential for good inside them, but this individual is simply vile, toxic and utterly indefensible, would like to see CUK comment.

Re: Petition-Ian Duncan Smith should NOT receive a Knighthood

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:05 am
by Chris From The Gulag
would like to see CUK comment.


Their lips will be sealed ... that gagging order ?

As if they wanted an excuse ?

Petition: Iain Duncan-Smith not to receive Knighthood

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:20 pm
by butterfly68
Iain Duncan-Smith should not receive a Knighthood

This petition objects to the Knighthood of Iain Duncan Smith.

During his time as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith was responsible for some of the cruellest most extreme welfare reforms this country has ever seen. Under his stewardship of the Department of Work and Pensions the UK became the first country to face a United Nations enquiry into human rights abuses against disabled people – an investigation which later confirmed that our government had been guilty of “grave and systemic violations of the rights of disabled people”.

https://www.change.org/p/uk-government- ... knighthood

Re: Petition: Iain Duncan-Smith not to receive Knighthood

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:23 am
by Chris From The Gulag

Re: Petition-Ian Duncan Smith should NOT receive a Knighthood

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:22 pm
by Chris From The Gulag
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Have a drink on us , SIR Ian Duncan Smith :

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Knowing our luck , would the RSPCA dare prosecute us ???

Re: Petition-Ian Duncan Smith should NOT receive a Knighthood

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:45 pm
by susieq
already being discussed here

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/news-and ... hood-39454

so I will merge the two topics