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(It’s not satire – it’s the nasty party)
We’ve all heard nasty quotes from Tories such as “Hang Mandela“, “The homeless are what you step over when you come out of the opera” etc etc which prove just how nasty the nasty party really can be. But those quotes are all pre-Cameron – who likes to claim his party has changed.
Well, here are a selection of quotes from Tories from the Cameron era which prove the nasty party is alive and kicking and just as nasty as ever:
1) Hugh Jackson– Tory councillor in North Tyneside – suggested euthanasia was a good way to reduce the costs of looking after disabled children.
2) Steve Hilton – senior adviser to David Cameron and Tory strategy director – said the government should boost economic growth by abolishing all working mothers’ maternity leave and rights.
3) Iain Duncan Smith – Tory Work and Pensions Secretary – quoted the Nazi slogan above the gates of Auschwitz Arbeit Mach Frei (work makes free) when he said about the government’s workfare programme that “work actually helps free people.”
4) Iain Duncan Smith again – this time on how ‘lazy’ disabled workers are: “Is it a kindness to stick people in some factory where they are not doing any work at all? Just making cups of coffee?”
5) Philippa Stroud – senior Tory strategist and adviser to Iain Duncan Smith – said that poverty, sexual abuse and homosexuality are caused by demonic possession. In her book “God’s Heart for the Poor” she blames the death of a poor girl living in a hostel on the fact she “hadn’t the will to stick with” being a Christian and so God “was calling her home”.
6) Boris Johnson – Tory Mayor of London – on same sex marriage: “If gay marriage was OK … then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog.”
7) Chris Steward – a Conservative councillor in York – said people shouldn’t donate food to food banks because poor families “can’t budget” and if they were given food would only have “more money to spend on alcohol, cigarettes etc“.
8) David Jones – Tory MP and Welsh Secretary – obviously thinks LGBT people are not “safe” for bringing up children: “I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can’t do.”
9) Richard Powell – Tory councillor and campaign manager for Tory MP Conor Burns – was temporarily suspended as a councillor but then reinstated after he admitted sending racist jokes from his phone which targetted Muslims, Indians, Irish people, Pakistanis and black people.
10) Philip Davies – Tory MP for Shipley – thinks disabled people should take “a lower rate of pay” than the minimum wage to “help them get on their first rung of the jobs ladder” because that is the “real world we live in”.
11) Christopher Chope – Tory MP for Christchurch – regards people like waiters and waitresses as servants. Talking about a visit to a House of Commons restaurant he said: “The service was absolutely fantastic because there was three-to-one service – three servants for each person sitting down“.
12) Peter Chapman – a Tory councillor in Dorset – complained on Facebook about the “terminally slow (and bad) service from the bone idle bitches at Costa Dorchester” and said the waitresses: “all need a good beating”.
13) Bob Blackman – Tory MP for Harrow East – said he thought the Tory’s infamous Section 28 law that banned teachers from talking about homosexuality should be brought back: “Section 28 was the right rules to have in school so that we should not in any way shape or form promote same-sex relationships…”
14) David Cameron – Tory member for Witney – when talking about the bedroom tax, said that “Anyone with severely disabled children is exempt from the spare room subsidy”. This is particularly nasty because it’s a downright lie – as this article shows:
Bedroom tax shock: Disabled boy may have to go into CARE despite David Cameron’s pledge
If there are any particularly nasty Tory quotes you think I should have included, please put them in the comments below and I’ll do an update.
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Possibly the most disturbing piece I’ve read in a long time Tom; all the more because you could go on and on!
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A bone chilling list. Mentalities of psychopaths with no empathy for other human beings.
I think Iain Duncan Smith’s nastiness stems from the fact that he and work were never closely acquainted. He was exposed as being economical with the truth on his CV (Probably sat around drinking espressos/coffee)
If you took away all his money (he married it) he’d probably collapse in a snivelling heap. In fact I think they all have a deluded sense of power because they have money they’ve never worked for.
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Surprisingly similar to comments from Beppe Grillo in Italy … must be the anarcho-capitalism in them all. A lot of commentators are noting the similarities between current events and the early part of the 20thC .. including renewed attacks against the disabled, unions, race, homosexuality, women and so on… Perhaps we should revoke Godwin’s law and speak out openly about the possibility of fascism underlying these Tory comments.
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After at least 60 years of communist rule, the most deliberate and malicious subversion of the ‘British way of Life’ – I mean the LabConLib scam –
Mr Cameron wrote: “Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around.
Kathleen Archibald said:
“We estimate that £5 billion is being lost this
way [through benefi t fraud] each year.”49
Chancellor of the Exchequer, House of Commons 20 October
Despite Chancellor George Osborne’s claim in the
Commons, the correct fi gure for benefi t fraud was at the
time £1.6 billion50. The £5 billion fi gure was reached by
combining the fraud fi gure with that for errors made by
government as well as claimants.
The latest (2011/12) fi gures for welfare fraud across
the benefi t and tax credit system show a fi gure of
£1.9 billion, which is less than the amount underpaid
to claimants because of errors, giving an historically
low fraud rate of 0.9%53. The estimated fraud rate for
taxation54 is around four to seven times higher. If you are
looking for fraud, a tax return is much a better place to
look than a benefi t statement.
Kathleen Archibald said:
“…why we got into such problem
in debt and the defi cit was that in
chasing the [Child Poverty] target it
got more and more diffi cult and more
and more money had to be spent.”
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan
Smith, Today Programme, 14 June 2012
Iain Duncan Smith’s claim that the
country’s defi cit was caused by a
desire to meet the target for reducing
child poverty would be laughable
if it wasn’t so deep rooted in our
myths about poverty. The belief that
the defi cit was caused because of
spending on welfare (and therefore
that welfare spending must be
reduced in order to shrink the defi cit)
is worryingly common. To blame the
poor, not only for their poverty but
also for the nation’s austerity, is both
unfair and untrue.
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Peter Nicholls said:
The so-called “real word” (of discrimination and hate) is what we have fought hard to over time. These Tories are libertarians and it should scare the shiiiiz out of us all.
Bit silly really – for every 15 Tory quotes you could easily come up with 15 no less nasty Labour* or Lib Dem ones, or from other parties too – this blog gets far too partisan for political satire.
(* The quote from John O’Farrell wishing Mrs Thatcher had died is the most obvious example).
Tom Pride said:
Sam – who on earth said political satire shouldn’t be partisan? You’re getting mixed up with journalism. Political satire should be extremely partisan.
As for labour or lib dem nasty quotes – if you can find 14 good ones for Lab or LibDems you’re quite within your right to write your own blog post using them. And if you write the blog really well – you might even get one or two people reading it. And if you write it really really well – you might even get someone making a critical comment about it. 😉
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Tim Fisher said:
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Quotes show them for who/what they are…
Great point.Also, Ian Smith (the ‘Duncan’ is an ordinary middle name-another bit of fraud there) seems hardly articulate in your quote.He often gets in a mess defending policies.They’re indefensible.
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It’s not satire, it’s how they really think!
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Well done Tom! My mind boggles with the thought that British people stupid enough to vote for any of these sad excuses for shit stained underpants. I wouldn’t expose my family to anyone who talked like that and I certainly wouldn’t consent for them to run my country. Such a same the British political system is so broken the electorate don’t really have a choice in who governs them. Okay, yeah. You can vote for the arsehole you like best but the end result is the same. You still vote in an arsehole.
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Damn right – Smith hates himself because he is a lying failure, so he projects it onto us.
Thats pretty much the problem with the whole lot of Tories.
And take Camorons attack saying that unions shouldn’t fund Labour… that’s because he is totally funded by corporations himself, but puts it onto Labour and the unions.
Right on, Tom.
Sam clearly has the Tory sickness of blaming other people.
Andy Scott said:
this little gem from my part of the world Tom http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-18283476 ( he never did apologise and was allowed back on the council after 6 months )
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Van Der Graf said:
Actually, ‘Dissillusioned’ hits the nail right on the head. I have found that most people tend to judge others by their own standards. My own father thinks that my mother is inclined to hide his wallet when in fact HE himself has mis-placed it. He judges her by the actions he would normally perform. Similarly the Conservative cabinet look down their nose at the poor and refer to them as ‘lazy scroungers’ most likely because they are painting others with their OWN character faults. This really gives an insight in to the working minds of our unelected leaders.
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Draco nobilis said:
Let’s not forget the promises they made during the election such as “no top down reorganisation of the NHS”. The first thing they did was a top down reorganisation of the NHS.
So what did Labour spend money on during their time in office? Largely the NHS, putting into good working order after the Tories had wrecked it. Improving the infrastructure that Tories had run down. Trying to improve the education that the Tories had run down… but mostly bailing out the banks because Thatcher had removed the regulation that had stopped this kind of mess happening. even the millions spent on war pales into insignificance when compared with the bank bail out. without the bailouteveryone with savings in those banks ortheir subsidiaries would havelost them & anyone with a credit card, loan or mortgage, etc. would have been called upon to pay it back. did Labour really have a choice?
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The Nasty Party just gets nastier and nastier.
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Colin Thompson said:
I have often likened The Tory Regime (and particularly IDS), to the Nazi’s… Hearing him quote “Arbeit Mach Frei”, makes my blood boil with rage. The lot of them are traitors to the people they “serve”. Why are we allowing them to dictate in such an inhumane way… this is the 21st century yet we are seeing the return of the class divide, and persecution of the working class as if our clocks have been turned back 150 years!
Bryan Hemming said:
October 30th. Iain Duncan Smith has just been reported in The Guardian as having lost his Poundland court case, where he forced ´jobseekers´ to work for nothing to ‘get them back to work_
Though I commend Cait Reilly highly for seeing this case through, the problem the odious IDS never loses in reality. I post the comment I left on the article here:
“IDS wins again. Despite loss after loss, failure after failure, mistake after mistake, distortion after distortion and lie after lie, he still hasn´t resigned or been sacked. He´s still sucking at the taxpayer´s tit, while costing the country a fortune in legal fees and living high on the hog, rent-free at his father in law´s mansion. So, despite the verdict of the courts he wins again.”
Sarah Birkett said:
Any chance you could add this one? I wish more people could read this because sick/disabled or not I don’t think anyone can read this and side with the Tories:
When asked who would be held accountable for the well-being of genuinely sick or disabled benefit claimants after they’re found fit for work at a Work Capability Assessment, Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform said this:
“The purpose of the work capability assessment (WCA) is to assist DWP decision-makers in assessing eligibility for benefit, or levels of benefit. The WCA is not a medical diagnosis and the decision affects benefit only; it does not oblige anyone to work.
Whilst the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is legally responsible for all benefit decisions made by officials of the department on his behalf, there is no legal responsibility held by the Secretary of State for the well-being of benefit claimants.
Therefore, neither DWP nor WCA healthcare professionals are liable for any adverse consequence suffered by a claimant following a decision that the claimant is fit for work or for work-related activity.”
Nice to see our so-called representatives are so responsible!
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When it comes to tackling poverty, Iain Duncan Smith is completely out of his depth. People who are both workshy and rich surely don’t have the life experience to really understand what life is like on benefits (nor do most people for that matter, myself included). Nor do they understand the social injustice when both parents work full time but still have to claim benefits for rent and food. The rich tend to be so out of touch with the value of money that they don’t understand how poorly someone on the minimum wage is paid.
New Labour is equally contemptible because they chose tax and spend in preference to giving labour its rights back. Splurging money on benefits to people in work lets employers off the hook from their social obligations to the welfare of their employees and lets the likes of Sports Direct and MacDonalds steal from taxpayers to fund their labour costs, all the while blaming globalisation for the status quo. To make matters worse, housing benefits push up local rents allowing buy to let landlords to profit courtesy of the taxpayer. I would never be as arbitrary or as merciless as a Tory, but I do think we need to find ways to ensure people in work do not need to receive benefits because people who work deserve to feel fulfilled and appreciated by their employer. A better solution than the Tory one would be to cap housing benefits at their current level, thus keeping people in their houses without inflating demand. The Government should also impose rent controls if landlords become difficult.
It would actually be cheaper for the government to have a family unemployed and living in Rotherham than it would be to continue paying their housing benefit so they can keep their minimum wage jobs in London. It’s a threat the government should use because employers in the service sector will quickly choose to pay their staff a living wage if the alternative is shutting down and losing commuter business in London; the suggestion that companies couldn’t afford to pay its staff a living wage in London is a transparent lie. The same might not be true where globalisation is a factor, such as in manufacturing, but I would rather people had their time back to volunteer (or quite frankly to lay in bed all day) than allow them to be exploited.
In addition to a living wage, what Britain really needs is its negotiation powers back. All the restrictions of free association placed on Trades Unions need to be lifted. Of course, the closed shop never went away for some professions, sometimes quite rightly (doctors, nurses) and sometimes more dubiously (auditors, limited to only some of the professional accountancy bodies). If people can negotiate with some weight behind them then we could get rid of abysmal wages and zero hour contracts.
Unfortunately, though, the Tories don’t care about tackling poverty. All they care about is keeping the working classes cheap.
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No, if they were libertarians it would be a god send. Real libertarians would do away with Norman Tebbit’s trades union reforms and support gay marriage. They might do away with benefits, but the average libertarian thinks doing so would make things cheaper for everyone and many also believe strongly in volunteering and donating generously to charities. I’m a libertarian socialist myself; in a perfect world I could stop paying taxes to subsidise McDonalds and instead send the money to local projects to make like better for everyone. The Tories don’t stand for any of this. They believe in free capital and controlled labour and enterprise.
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Isn’t chope the one who tried to get the hillsborough debate stopped because he said a debate on MPs pay was more important?
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Tories have always been the thoroughly Nasty Party and they always will be. Its as simple as that.
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