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UK petition to hold Work and Pensions Secretary to account

Discussion in 'Petitions' started by MeSci, May 9, 2013.

  1. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    We are both disabled as well as being disability activists. We experience pain and suffering ourselves and see it in our friends, families and colleagues. It is one thing to live with the physical challenges of a disability. It is quite another to hear lies and misinformation every day from our own government.

    We have watched sick and disabled friends fall foul of the Employment and Support Allowance process and seen people who are genuinely sick and disabled being left with next to nothing to live on. Some are living in fear of the Personal Independence Payments assessments to come. In this climate, which is confusing and intimidating for some of the most vulnerable in our society, those in power should be operating to the highest standards of integrity and accuracy. Recent reports suggest that the Work and Pensions Secretary may have misrepresented Government statistics to make a political point.

    We are concerned that this is just the tip of the iceberg. We believe that Iain Duncan Smith has built a wall of misinformation to discredit all claimants of DLA when the fraud rate of DLA is a tiny 0.5%.
    Last month nearly 500,000 people signed Dom Aversano’s petition calling on IDS to live on £53 per week. That was an incredible movement of people trying to hold a politician to account for his words. Please sign this petition, and we might actually see that happen.
    Jayne Linney, Debbie Sayers

    The petition is here:

    http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitio...d-ids-to-account-for-his-use-of-statistics-2?
  2. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Signed - over 69,000 signatures already.

    Thanks for posting.
  3. SilverbladeTE

    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

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    Nice try :)
    but only thing that affects such monsters is FORCE, for they have no compassion
    Occupy WESTMINSTER itself, nothing else will change their damn minds.
    They think they are above the law, above the people.
    ugh.
  4. alex3619

    alex3619 Senior Member

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    SilverbladeTE , the sad thing is that they are unaccountable if nobody bothers to bring them to account. There are no established automatic procedures to do this. For them to be accountable to the public, the public has to engage with the issue. If very few are even aware there is an issue, or its clouded by a plethora of negative publicity, then nothing happens until someone makes the situation different.

    The people have always had the power to change things. Its just that typically most don't know, don't care, or are not motivated enough.

    Over 75000 signatures?
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  5. Shell

    Shell Senior Member

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    signed it.
  6. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Did you see this?

    UPDATE: Work and Pensions Committee will question IDS!
    96,666 people -- including you -- signed this petition to demand the Work and Pensions Committee to hold Iain Duncan Smith to account for his use of government statistics on welfare. The Committee have announced they would do just that.Iain Duncan Smith will face questions by the Committee over his department's use of statistics in June.
    We are really proud that we started this petition. It's often feels like politicians get away with saying whatever they like. By starting this petition we've shown that everyone has the tools to call politicians out if they try to make things up. They can't get away with spinning statistics any longer. Thank you to everyone that signed!
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  7. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

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    Thanks Sasha. Lets hope they bust his arse over it.
  8. SilverbladeTE

    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

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    I want to see him in front of a judge and jury
    and then a firing squad.
  9. Bob

    Bob

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    The petition has reached more than 100,000.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
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  10. Bob

    Bob

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    Valentijn and MeSci like this.
  11. Bob

    Bob

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    SilverbladeTE likes this.
  12. SilverbladeTE

    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

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    He lied before Parliament as a Minister, he should be expelled from office
    most incompetent, useless, arrogant, nasty little sh*t of a Human Being since Nero.
    Even the IRA refused to put him on a "hit list" years ago as he was so utterly incompetent :p
  13. Bob

    Bob

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    @SilverbladeTE, reading between the lines, I get the feeling that you're not too keen on Ian Duncan Smith? ;)
  14. heapsreal

    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    silverblade has a way with words, its hard to tell who's side he's on, lol.
    When it needs to be said, say it with a silverblade.
  15. bertiedog

    bertiedog Senior Member

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    Silverblade please don't be frightened to say what you think!!!

    Pam who so agrees!
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  16. Bob

    Bob

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    Hehe. Silverblade is NEVER frightened to say what he thinks! (I think he might be a Celt?)
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  17. heapsreal

    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    Silverblade is the William Wallace of the cfs/me world.
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  18. SilverbladeTE

    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

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    *bows with a theatrical flourish and a wink* ;)

    Nil Carborundum Illegitimi!

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    Bob,
    Ian Duncan Smith is about as welcome as a pin in a condom factory :p
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