Theresa May is so spectacularly out of step with public opinion that she’s promoted Dominic Raab, who notoriously described a desperate appeal to treat disabled people with dignity as a “childish wish list”.
Quite aside from the fact that he was willing to casually dismiss the suffering and death of tens of thousands of disabled people with such a glib platitude, there’s also the outrageous fact that the Tory Work Capacity Assessment regime actually costs far more in corporate outsourcing fees to administer than it saves in reduced benefits payments.
The fact that this degrading, dehumanising and discriminatory process costs far more to administer than it will ever actually save the taxpayer is absolute evidence of Tory barbarity.
This fact also means that Raab’s “childish wish list” defence doesn’t even make sense.
If Raab actually cared about saving money then he’d obviously argue to scrap the WCA regime and end the public subsidisation of this appalling treatment of disabled people.
There are only two conclusions to draw from Raab’s backwards rhetoric.
Either he doesn’t even know that the ongoing systematic abuse of disabled people costs the taxpayer huge amounts of money (in which case he’s incompetent) or he does know this appalling fact, but he deliberately tried to mislead a clearly distraught woman, and the British public, by constructing an Orwellian thrift narrative to excuse it (in which case “evil” doesn’t seem too strong a word to use).
Another way in which Raab’s “childish wish list” excuse falls down is that the Tories intent to lavish £70 billion in handouts on corporations and the mega-rich. Surely it’s the corporate executives and the mega-rich with the “childish wish list” for wanting all those handouts when tens of thousands of sick and disabled people are literally dying from lack of social care, and thousands more are dying within weeks of being declared “fit for work” in the corporate administered WCA disability denial factories that Raab’s party wants to keep operating, and Labour (and almost all the other opposition parties) want to shut down.
Just watch the video clip and make up your own mind about whether Theresa May’s decision to give this guy a significant post-election promotion demonstrates that she’s in touch with the public mood.