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Tory Minister Hugo Swire Recorded Mocking Benefit Claimants

March 24, 2015

Many thanks to Benefits And Work.

Tory minister Hugo Swire mocked claimants at last month’s £1,500 per place ‘black and white ball’ to raise funds for the Conservatives. His callous jibe was secretly recorded for the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ programme.

Swire, an Old Etonian, was acting as auctioneer whilst guests made bids for a bust of Margaret Thatcher, a weekend’s pheasant shooting and a shoe shopping trip with Theresa May, amongst other lots.

Whilst encouraging a bidder at Iain Duncan Smith’s table to increase his bid, Swire is heard to say:

“£60,000. Iain, persuade him. He’s not on benefits ,is he? Well, if he is then he can afford it. £55,000?”

Swire went on to joke that:

“It’s quite naff to have Bentleys and Rolls Royces and Ferraris, because anybody could have them

“In the good old days of MP’s expenses we could have them too. But we don’t any more.”

In the exceedingly unlikely event that Mr Swire is reading this: in reality a Jobseeker’s Allowance claimant would need to save every penny of their payments for 16 years to come up with £60,000.

Funny that, isn’t it?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. David Lindley permalink
    March 24, 2015 1:25 pm

    I am sure that Iain Drunkard Smith could afford it, if he saved his JSA in the way he did after he abandoned his promising military career as a former bag-carrier. The story was that he subbed and sponged off Betsy

  2. March 24, 2015 11:14 pm

    …Bentleys and Rolls Royces and Ferraris …

    At whatever age, from babes in wombs to grannies and grandads, getting food is difficult, let alone the cars of the donors to the Tories get in abundance.

    Look any day on the service station car park of the M6 Toll.

    London just outside of the Congestion zone, is more likely heading into posh parts of the the city, as only the rich can now afford to live in the London, with social tenants being evicted from entire social housing estates to build luxury flats by developers.

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