Another insightful article from Kitty Jones.
I found it rather cynical that not a week after the mortality statistics were released, the media rather chose instead to focus on the tragic refugee drownings. All death is tragic of course, but seemed to me that the value of those refugee deaths seemed more worthy of comment by the media than the continual deaths in our own country due to welfare reform – deaths that could be completely avoided – unlike the drownings.
I may have misread the situation, but that’s what seemed like to me.
I wrotelast weekabout the exchange in the Commons between Debbie Abrahams and Iain Duncan Smith regarding theMortality Statistics Reportreleased by Department of Work and Pensions. Debbie Abrahams asked a very reasonable question:
The Government’s own data show that people in the work-related activity group are twice as likely to die than the general population. How can the Secretary of State justify £30-a-week cuts for people in that category?
Duncan Smith gave a petty, vindictiveretort to avoid answering the question:
The hon. Lady put out a series of blogs on the mortality stats last week that were fundamentally wrong. Her use of figures is therefore quite often incorrect. I simply say to her—[Interruption.] She has had an offer to meet the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my hon. Friend the Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson), time and again, but…
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