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IDS Demands That Benefit Claimants Should Be Removed From The Electoral Register

February 10, 2016

Updated: As we hoped (see below) it’s satire. Reader Steph Miller very helpfully posted this in the comments:

Its not true, the link is to a satire blog which states none of their stories are true: ABOUT NEWS CRASHER
News Crasher is run by a collective of left-leaning bloggers, who aim to poke fun at public figures and satirise current events. None of our stories are true, and any similarities to actual events are purely coincidental.

However, this is why the story will stay published (Bolding mine):

We also want to make a rather more serious point:- The Tories are so incredibly awful that a great many people find our fake news stories all too believable.
For example, would Iain Duncan Smith REALLY try to privatise food banks? Quite a lot of people are ready to believe so…

 

If this is not satire, as we hope it is but fear it isn’t, it is very worrying. Human beings living in a democracy in the 21st century, of working age, should all have the vote. To remove the vote from any group who are of working age in a democracy, these days, suggests at the very least that the word democracy would lose its meaning.

 

 

Iain Duncan Smith has reportedly demanded that those in receipt of benefits be removed from the electoral register, according to a letter leaked to the press today.

The Work and Pensions Secretary justified his request by arguing that it is unfair that people not currently paying into the system, either through working or by being high net wealth individuals, should be allowed to have a say in how public money is spent.

His letter to the Prime Minister went on to suggest that withdrawing the right to vote in this way, would provide a “much needed incentive for the workshy, ill and disabled to find work”, and for those in work to stay “in work and off benefits”. The letter also questioned whether those under the age of 25, who tend to be “more prone to idealism”, ought to be permitted to vote, albeit with a possible exception “for members of the Young Conservatives.”

There is speculation in Westminster that the timing of this letter is related to the upcoming referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU, and a possible snap general election that some are predicting to take place thereafter. In this context, barring  voters who are the least likely to vote for ‘Brexit’ or for the Conservative Party, may be seen by some as a useful measure.

A DWP spokeswoman refused to comment directly on the leaked letter, but told reporters: “Iain Duncan Smith believes that in a perfect world everybody would be able to enjoy a full suite of human rights, but with rights come responsibilities, and some rights should only be granted to those who have paid-in.”

18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2016 7:00 pm

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  2. February 10, 2016 7:00 pm

    what sort of f#####g government are these!! iv never known a bunch like these in all the years iv been voting tory

  3. February 10, 2016 7:03 pm

    This is outrageous! Doesn’t mean we’ve not paid into the system in the past. Perhaps we should ban those from voting who dodge tax, fiddle their expenses just for starters. This is fundamentally undermining the concept of democracy. . . .arfter all we’re ‘in this together’ so we should have a voice and vote.

  4. February 10, 2016 7:03 pm

    Tweeted @melissacade68

  5. Steph Miller permalink
    February 10, 2016 7:04 pm

    Its not true, the link is to a satire blog which states none of their stories are true: ABOUT NEWS CRASHER
    News Crasher is run by a collective of left-leaning bloggers, who aim to poke fun at public figures and satirise current events. None of our stories are true, and any similarities to actual events are purely coincidental.

    We also want to make a rather more serious point:- The Tories are so incredibly awful that a great many people find our fake news stories all too believable.

    For example, would Iain Duncan Smith REALLY try to privatise food banks? Quite a lot of people are ready to believe so…

  6. February 10, 2016 7:05 pm

    It is satire.

  7. February 10, 2016 7:11 pm

    ‘A DWP spokeswoman refused to comment directly on the leaked letter, but told reporters: “Iain Duncan Smith believes that in a perfect world everybody would be able to enjoy a full suite of human rights, but with rights come responsibilities, and some rights should only be granted to those who have paid-in.”’

    I bet the person who made this comment will soon be facing the DWP as a Service User before too long.

    If the statement is correct and that is the feeling of the Minister, then that is a very serious matter for the Parliamentary Authorities and also to the ethos of being an MP, especially as, if you take this view forward, MPs will then be able to ignore constituents as they have not paid for the service of the local elected MP, they would be denied access to the NHS as they haven’t paid into the system, they will be excluded from Public Transport, as they have not paid into the system.

    If this is IDS’ true feelings, then let him state this openly as a matter of record!

  8. philipburdekin permalink
    February 10, 2016 7:24 pm

    Please don’t give these asshole or this failed leader ideas.

  9. Florence permalink
    February 10, 2016 7:37 pm

    Yes, it’s a satire site. What is disturbing is that none of us would be surprised if he not only suggested that, but also implemented it. I think there was nutter on the fringe of the party who did suggest that but it was hushed up, during the election. Must try & find out who that was. Probably locked in the attic now, with all the other family failures.

  10. February 10, 2016 8:20 pm

    this is the sort of thing that IDS would love to see happen and being satire at this time is irreverent

    The reality is this would be on his mind in the same way Donald trump hates foreigners yes they never quite say it but the reality is that whats on their mind and given a chance IDS would pull this off make no mistake about it

  11. February 10, 2016 8:25 pm

    To me IDS is just like the character Billy Bob Thornton in the film Fargo when you get close to him you can feel the character very easily in his demeanor

    • February 10, 2016 8:36 pm

      He’s so frightened by the likes of us though, he surrounds himself with armed Police Officers and barges he way past wheelchair users who are having to look down the barrels of sub-machine guns pointed at them!!!…

      • February 11, 2016 1:04 am

        very true Adam and another thing is that most mp’s on all sides loath him just as they do with Donald trump

        the reality is these people IDS and trump are popular with many people worldwide irrespective of the extreme danger that they represent not only to the vulnerable in the uk but to the wider world and could never be trusted under any circumstances

  12. February 10, 2016 8:55 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

  13. Mark Wood permalink
    February 10, 2016 11:13 pm

    Perhaps everyone not in employment should wear yellow stars & have their papers on them at all times? (this ids really is a silver spooned ignorant cunt!)

    Sent from my Windows Phone ________________________________

  14. jeffrey davies permalink
    February 11, 2016 7:29 am

    hay true colours are now showing at the dwp devil in disguise or whot aktion t4 rolling on without much of a ado jeff3

  15. Norma Marguerite Roberts permalink
    February 11, 2016 12:55 pm

    I know it’s satire, but, he would never promote this anyway, as it would exclude all pensioners from voting. He could not include the SP in the benefits bill, in order to fudge the benefit spend figures, whilst, at the same time, allowing pensioners to vote, if benefit claimants were excluded! Even he’s not that stupid… is he?

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