Week 42: Villain – Lord Freud

by Ray_North on October 20, 2014

villain_icon_v2This week’s winner of the Villain of the Week award is the Tory Minister, Lord Freud.

Lord Freud symbolises everything that is odious about modern political life. He is a public school, Cambirdge educated banker, a multi-millionaire who was first called into government and ennobled by Labour, who asked this rich, privileged man to oversee the reform of a welfare system he had never really experienced at first hand. Predictably, he defected to the Tories after a couple of years and was made Minister for Work and Pensions by David Cameron.

He is accountable to no one – yet, he has a massive say in the government, our government’s policy on pension and welfare.

Last week it was revealed that, at a Tory Party fringe meeting he was asked a question about disabled people and the minimum wage, and replied:
‘There is a group – and I know exactly who you mean – where actually, as you say, they’re not worth the full wage and actually I’m going to go and think about that particular issue, whether there is something we can do nationally, and without distorting the whole thing, which actually if someone wants to work for £2 an hour, and it’s working can we actually..

It betrayed the instinctive belief of a certain class of people, people who have no empathy or interest in those they perceive to be weak, to be different, or a challenge, those who don’t fit into their view of the world – where everyone has a price and everyone has a place and some people are deemed to be better because they produce more, or are able to consume more.

I hate these people. It is the reason why I will never ever vote Conservative. It is the reason that so many people feel disenfranchised and discontented and desperate.

What Lord Freud said was as stupid as it was disgraceful.

He is this week’s worthy villain.

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Fionauk512 October 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm

There has to be a chip missing in these people, seriously. How can statements like that be made and there not be some rapid response team swoop down and remove them from office because of lack of empathy and the danger they represent to non millionaire business people. Sorry, just slipped into thinking government was meant to represent all people and ensure the greater good. Sigh.


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