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David Cameron Talks David Clapson On Andrew Marr

April 20, 2015

Reader Nick Fourbanks left me the following on my personal Facebook yesterday. It was originally posted here by kittysjones.

The following is from a very revealing transcript of David Cameron’s interview with Andrew Marr earlier today. In it, Cameron implied that dying is somehow an appropriate punishment for failing to attend an interview at the Jobcentre in order to save “the taxpayer” money. He showed a complete lack of remorse and basic compassion

THE ANDREW MARR SHOW, BBC 19.4.15 (Full transcript here.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/19041503.pdf
David Cameron before the news:

AM:. Well you also talked to Evan Davis about the twenty two
billion pounds of welfare cuts you’ve made so far as if that was easy.
Do you accept that has hurt a lot of poor and vulnerable people?
DC: Well it has involved difficult decisions. But of course as we’ve done
that we’ve been getting two million people into work, nine hundred
thousand people…
AM: Difficult decisionsfor you;a lot of real pain and suffering for people
out there.
DC: Well, we have protected for instance the pension, we’ve protected
benefits for the lowest paid, we’ve always made sure that we’ve increased spending on disability benefits rather than reduced it. But
crucially the nine hundred thousand people we’ve got off welfare and
into work that has actually saved money but it’s also been good for our
country and crucially good for them:a job is the best route out of
poverty that there is.
AM: What about the million people depending on food banks?
DC: Well obviously I want a country where people don’t depend on food banks, we did something.
AM: But why are more people depending on food banks?
DC: One of the things we did was that Labour,because they didn’t like the PR of this, they didn’t advertise or promote the existence of food banks through job centres. We changed that because we thought that
was, that was basically sort of selfish and shortminded…

AM: And according to the Trussell Trust who run these banks that accounts for just three percent of people using food banks at the moment so it’s not a significant thing. But can I take you to an individual case, James [he meant David] Clapson. Clapson who was a former soldier worked very hard for a long time then was on benefits, failed to turn up to two job centre interviews, [it was just one interview that David missed,] had his benefits removed for a month, he was diabetic, his insulin couldn’t be refrigerated and he died two weeks later.
Now that is the kind of case that is coming up again and again and again and shows that the welfare cuts have been agonisingly painful for real people out there.
DM: Well we have hardship funds and councils have hardship funds for exactly those sorts of tragic cases but if you’re asking me…

AM: It didn’t work.

DC: If you are asking me is it right that people who are asked to turn up for interviews or asked to fill in a CV or asked to apply for a job should have to do those things before getting benefits then yes it’s right that we do have that system in place but we always, as I put it on the steps of…

AM: But the system has been very very aggressive another case of a man who had learning difficulties and filled in his form by hand rather than by computer and was refused benefits, there is lots of these cases as you won’t have a review, you should have a review of the system surely?

DC: I look at all of those individual cases and all of those cases can be
addressed by the hardship funds and by the flexibilities that are there
in the system but we have sanctions for a reason, people watching this
programme…

AM: You don’t get the hardship fund for two weeks.

DC: Hold on a second…
AM: Alright.

DC: People watching this programme who pay their taxes, who work very hard, they don’t pay their taxes so people can sign on and show no effort at getting a job, as I put it on the steps of Downing Street those who can should; those who can’t we always help – that is the principle that should always underline a compassionate benefits system.

AM: Clapson who was a former soldier worked very hard for a long time then was on benefits, failed to turn up to two job centre interviews, had his benefits removed for a month, he was diabetic, his insulin couldn’t be refrigerated and he died two weeks later. Now that is the kind of case that is coming up again and again and again and shows that the welfare cuts have been agonisingly painful for real people out there.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2015 12:21 am

    For a lot of people the price of this coalition has been too high.

  2. April 20, 2015 12:31 am

    Actually that is from my blog, and the opening paragraph was written by me, word for word – https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/cameron-believes-that-saving-the-tax-payer-money-is-more-important-than-saving-lives/

  3. philipburdekin permalink
    April 20, 2015 4:41 pm

    Seems the death of his disabled son was lucky to escape his tyrant arsehole “father”. How can he be so evil? Or does that a normal thing to be when ýou a tory.

  4. Mr.Angry permalink
    April 21, 2015 7:16 am

    There is not kind word I could say about this soul-less stuck up snob, he is not human, what he is doing in charge of this country is a tyranny. Pleas let us all make him history before he murders any more of us.

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