Esther McVey’s return to the DWP is a declaration of war on struggling and disabled people

The appointment of Esther McVey as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is “hugely worrying” for vulnerable people in Britain, campaigners and MPs have warned.

It is hard to think of a worse possible political appointment than Esther McVey becoming the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Toby Young would make a better Minister for Women and Equalities.

Last time McVey was in the DWP she was the midwife to Iain Duncan Smith’s most misguided, wrong-headed and ultimately cruel reforms.

Her appointment, by a Prime Minister supposedly interested in ending “burning injustice” gives the absolute lie to any of Theresa May’s claims to want to bring compassion back to Conservative government.

The news will be greeted with horror by disabled people, and signals no end to the pain of Universal Credit, never mind the litany of other cuts to what is no longer – thanks to her – social security.

To understand the depth of anger towards McVey, you need to understand that the reforms she helped bring into being as Minister for Disabled People have led to destitution, suicides and deaths, as well as making the lives of poor children colder and hungrier.

The exponential rise of homeless people on our streets and the tidal flow of people into foodbanks stems from those years she spent as a Work and Pensions Minister.

Last time she was in the DWP, she treated the exponential rise of people going to foodbanks as a necessary part of the Tory ‘Austerity’ project.

She said: “In the UK it is right that more people are… going to food banks because as times are tough, we are all having to pay back this £1.5 trillion debt personally”.

She didn’t mean her or her rich Tory friends, she meant disabled people. She meant unemployed people. She meant people down on their luck.

How should anyone who needs the support of the welfare state at this moment in their lives not feel both terrified and betrayed?

IDS is no longer in office to answer for his record, but McVey, it seems, is proud enough of hers to return to the Department in a blaze of glory.

When she frequently boasted the ‘claimant count’ was coming down all over the country, she forgot to mention that was because millions of deserving people had been kicked off benefits under her department’s reforms and were now destitute at the foodbank.

This is a woman whose Twitter account sent an anti-Labour tweet during the Hilsborough Memorial Service . She later said it wasn’t her, but it drew attention to the fact McVey – a Merseyside MP – wasn’t actually at the service.

Drummed out of Wirral West as an MP by a concerted campaign, she was parachuted into George Osborne’s safe seat of Tatton.

No doubt as a thank you for all the times the former Chancellor had used her shamelessly time and again as a northern-accented voice attacking ‘scroungers’ and policing his ‘tough’ line on welfare.

It sounded so much better for Tory PR in her voice than Osborne’s posh baronet tones.

That tone rang hollow in estates like Woodchurch in Wirral West, among the most deprived in the country.

Helpfully, Tatton has some of the lowest poverty levels in Britain. At New Year, McVey wrote in her new local paper that she was “looking forward to 2018 as your new MP – I will continue first and foremost being a local MP”.

Nine days later, she’s in the cabinet. While in office last time, McVey was forced to deal with horrific tirades of abuse, often vilely misogynist.

Let’s be clear that she is not a witch or a bitch. But her track record suggests she will make an appalling Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Those Tory posh boys love and cherish McVey like an end-of-the-pier Margaret Thatcher.

Mrs May’s just put Osborne’s glove puppet right at the heart of her reshuffled cabinet.

So what do you think?

Tell us in the comments.

Source : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/esther-mcvey-work-and-pension-secretary-cabinet-reshuffle-theresa-may-justine-greening-dwp-social-a8149416.html
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