Grant Shapps, the Housing (homelessness?) Minister has just mused that the unemployed may have to pay full council tax. I'm so jaded, I can't even be bothered to point out the utter donkey-breath-stupidity of this possibility, but a throwaway comment in the article made my fury levels boil over.
When asked how local authorities might save 10% of the council tax relief bill, he opined :
"they could take it from non-working people who don't have children or aren't disabled."
Oh, how reasonable! I've heard ministers use this "compassionate" and oh so reasonable qualification a few times recently. How nice that they wouldn't include disabled people in such a policy!! Of course they won't be evicting sick or disabled people, making them pay full council tax, taking away their benefits, cutting their care or taking away their means of transport!! Of course these tough-talking policies would never be aimed at the "most vulnerable".
Nope, that's because they've made sure that no-one is disabled any more!! Genius! change all the descriptors, make it impossible to qualify, tell people that actually, their severe illnesses or disabilities no longer entitle them to state support - no longer even count as disabilities at all - throw millions of them off benefits then, when, in the end, only 6 people are officially classed as "disabled" offer them all the support and exemptions in the world!!
When they said they'd "protect the most vulnerable" they meant people scheduled to die before the end of next week.
Excellent. That's OK then.