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Mixed Reactions To Disabled Delegate’s ‘Gas Chamber’ Comments At Labour Conference 2015

September 29, 2015

David Cameron has been accused of making disabled people want to walk “into the gas chamber” with plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.

Speaking on the stage at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton this morning, Sioux Blair-Jordan, a member of the Colchester Labour Party, attacked the government wanting to downgrade the influence the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has in the United Kingdom.

The prime minister has said he would like to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British bill of rights.


But Blair-Jordan said the ECHR and membership of the European Union were necessary to protect the rights of disabled people.

“We need the disabled and the sick to be seen as human beings,” she said. “To have our rights upheld. And we need the NHS. We also need the EU to uphold our human rights, because if Cameron does his bill of rights we might as well walk into the gas chamber today.”

She added: “We need the Labour Party to support us, to turn the tide of denomination, vilification and dehumanisation of the sick and the disabled in this country.”

But her reference to gas chambers prompted anger from some who felt that the comparison to the Holocaust was offensive.

The Sun’s Westminster correspondent Harry Cole claimed on Twitter that justice minister Dominic Raab said it was “extraordinarily bad taste” for the Labour conference to applaud the comments:


A spokesman for the Campaign Against Antisemitism told The Express: “Sioux Blair-Jordan’s reference to gas chambers was gratuitous and offensive. Over six million Jews as well as others, including the disabled, were murdered during the Holocaust, many of them in gas chambers.

“Education about antisemitism and the attempted Genocide of Europe’s Jewish people is vitally important, especially as antisemitism is rising once again in many parts of Europe.”

She added that Jeremy Corbyn had hugged Blair-Jordan, when Labour should be condemning her comments.

The Conservative Party pledged to repeal the Human Rights Act in its manifesto at the general election. The Act, brought in by Labour, incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into British domestic law. The law also required the UK to take account of the decisions of the ECHR.

Cameron has argued that the final say on human rights should rest with the UK Supreme Court, not the European court.

However the move has been criticised by opposition politicians. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has branded it a “monumental mistake”.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2015 12:02 am

    Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

  2. Nick permalink
    September 29, 2015 12:29 am

    You need the European protect the sick and disabled as the likes of David Cameron cant be trusted

    if i were the prime minister then yes the uk bill of rights would be fine but i’m not so you need the European court.

    The reference to the Holocaust,was wrong but with so many deaths of the sick and disabled anger got the better of her

    At the end of the day the deaths are horrific irrespective of how they have come about and that’s the bottom line

    The taking of someone else life be it deliberate or through a process of negligence in law makes it a crime and that’s the message she should have stuck to and that’s the line that labour in going forward need to stick to

  3. bill cocks permalink
    September 29, 2015 12:39 am

    The comment about education on the Jewish victims of the Holocaust is good. Maybe there also needs to be education that the Jews were not the only victims of the Holocaust. Black triangle wearers were mentally ill and ‘antisocial ‘ ..’workshy’ targets of the Nazi’s.. The lady was simply pointing this out.

  4. September 29, 2015 5:28 am

    Before they murdered Jewish people in the gas chambers, they perfected their skills first on the mentally and physically disabled people whom they labelled “useless eaters” so the lady is correct in using this fact. Disabled people were murdered first by gas from car exhaust fumes. It was a slow painful death

  5. Jeffery Davies permalink
    September 29, 2015 7:54 am

    Hum wrong no they wrong for saying it bugger thry culling the stock yet it cant be held up that aktion t4 killed that many nah theres something wrong somewere and it aint her speach jeff3

  6. Nick permalink
    September 29, 2015 10:07 am

    also what about the jews that are sick and disabled in the uk in going through welfare reform

    there parents suffered badly under Hitler and now their children are at risk by the uk government

    he who thinks evil is just as bad who does evil

  7. Tickety permalink
    September 29, 2015 1:18 pm

    In a way, the Nazis were kinder than Ian Duncan Smith. Death by gas chamber was quicker, than having benefits withdrawn and slowly starving to death. Apologies, if this comment offends.

    • Nick permalink
      September 29, 2015 4:32 pm

      And it does remind me of what happened in Germany. Their own citizens didn’t know how disabled people were being killed, or about the camps. Their were rumours about them, but it wasn’t generally known, just like the facts of the deaths in this country.

      that is indeed correct so my German friend inform me they had no idea whatsoever

  8. September 29, 2015 2:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Sasson Hann and commented:
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    Comment: People may think this woman wrong for mentioning the gas chambers, but this is how disabled people feel.If the assisted death law was passed many of us would opt for death, rather than the living death we face every day.

    Deaths entirely due to government policy makes them culpable of those deaths. They had the figures, they have their own analysts. The fact that they’ve decided to continue with their austerity programme, knowing full well that it’s killing people, makes them guilty or a gross crime.

    It goes without saying that what happened to the Jews, Gypsies, Disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dissenters and others in the concentration camps was terrible, but the lives being lost in the UK each month, 90 upwards – and that doesn’t even begin to cover those who committed suicide or who died of starvation who claimed JSA, and those who lost benefits due to their partners income, and others just claiming DLA – are just as important as those who were gassed and starved to death in the camps. The only difference is that you either die in your own home, or out on the street.

    At the beginning of their rule in 2010, when I read ’21st Century Welfare’, I said that there would be a humanitarian disaster in this country, and I wasn’t wrong. Every day reports of another death, another eviction, another injustice; they largely don’t get reported in the mainstream media, and so remain hidden from the general public.

    And it does remind me of what happened in Germany. Their own citizens didn’t know how disabled people were being killed, or about the camps. Their were rumours about them, but it wasn’t generally known, just like the facts of the deaths in this country.

    And what I find most shocking is the reaction of some people about this. They’ve lost their integrity and empathy for people due to the propaganda; like Katy Hopkins, they just don’t care.

    If more people publicly keep highlighting this issue, that it does make the disabled people frightened of losing their lives, even if they do compare it to the camps, you can’t blame them for feeling that way, so I say, keep on making the comparison, because what is happening in the UK is democide – death by government -, whatever way you look at it, and if it isn’t stopped now, thousands, perhaps eventually hundreds of thousands will have died.

    A culling is a culling however the government spins it, whether in a gas chamber or not. And just like the Nazis, the government will one day have to face justice for all of these deaths.

  9. Bookworm permalink
    September 29, 2015 4:43 pm

    This is how the Nazis began. The mentally disabled and physically disabled were amongst the first victims along with “undesirables” such as Roma, homosexuals, dissenters and yes Jews as well. So what is the difference now? In 5 years time we could very well be back to workhouses and food coupons if the govt get their way and from there its a very short step to industrial slaughter as the Nazis did.

    • Nick permalink
      September 29, 2015 9:37 pm

      The bottom line is this picture and it’s a sign like we see today in Syria and in the past Iraq Libya/and in all despots states it a sign of elitism and control and it’s very hard to believe that this country is controlled by the men in this picture

  10. brightonredhot permalink
    September 29, 2015 4:57 pm

    She has hit the nail on the head, this fraud carried out by Cameron, and Smith etc needs to be fully exposed and that these private firms hired by this government need to be fully exposed for the lies that they are telling in order to meet their set targets, the same with the jobcentres who can hit anyone with disgusting benefit sanctions that are geared to kill the British people. We are being replaced in Britain by Johnny foreigner, and the genocide of the white race is being disguised by mass integration just got ro look at the state of London etc.

  11. mili68 permalink
    September 29, 2015 7:23 pm

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  12. mili68 permalink
    September 29, 2015 7:24 pm

    Tweeted @melissacade68


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