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Thread #132102   Message #2987995
Posted By: Steve Shaw
16-Sep-10 - 11:26 AM
Thread Name: BS: Blind stupidity - TUC Congress
Subject: RE: BS: Blind stupidity - TUC Congress
"Labour can be charged with hypocritcally, they say are trying to ensure that society is fair and rewards those with marketable skills or willingness to work hard. That is rubbish, They manipulated unemployment figures for years, figures for those on Incapacity benefits..."

I should like to remind you that Thatcher, during the period when she was systematically and foolishly destroying our industrial base, vengefully wrecking the mining industry and turning whole communities (always the ones whose blood, sweat and tears made this country what it is) into no-hope deserts, put millions on to incapacity benefit to avoid them showing up as embarrassingly unemployed. Some people don't half have short memories. Labour certainly failed to get to grips with the issue (initiative after initiative coming to nought), but the situation was an inheritance from the Tories. And I'm not aware of any manipulation of the figures for incapacity benefit claimants. These have always been among the more transparent of government statistics, unlike the unemployment figures.