I saw this on the news last night; I could not believe my ears!!!
Imagine if he’s said black/catholic/muslim workers were not worth £2 per hour pay?
His feet wouldn’t have touched the ground. Yet he felt free to say this about disabled people.
Of course, he has fulsomely apologised since. But to quote the immortal words of good time girl Mandy Rice Davies, when a Politician denied carnal knowledge of her during a trial:
“Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he!”
Lord Fraud (and no, that is not a Freudian slip) also referred to disabled/ill people as ‘stock.’
The following is a transcript from Hansard of a debate in the House of Lords.
Lord Howarth of Newport (Labour): I wonder whether the Minister would reconsider the language habitually used by DWP. When he talks of a stockpile he is referring to human beings in very anxious circumstances who are waiting for their cases to be considered. Does not this language rather dehumanise them?
Freud (Conservative):The noble Lord makes the same point as JRR Tolkien, who did not think that “growth” was the right way to refer to hobbits at Bilbo Baggins’s birthday party. If the noble Lord can think of a better word than stockpile, I will happily use it. I cannot think of one off the top of my head. If the noble Lord finds that offensive-
Lord Touhig (Labour): Does the Minister think that “people” is a good word?
That says it all, really.
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