Friday, 22 April 2011

Questions about Chris Grayling?

There has been widespread condemnation of the Daily Mail and Daily Express over their sensationalist and misleading articles on Incapacity Benefit claimants yesterday. The BBC have also copped some heat for their unthinking repetition of this story, although at least one of their reporters marshaled some critical thought. Even David Cameron has been the subject of some scorn for wading into the debate.

There is however a name conspicuous for its absence in this story. The name is that of the man who must have been responsible for creating the story - Chris Grayling, the Minister of Employment. The Broken of Britain pointed a finger at Grayling when the Mail and Express printed a similar story a couple of months ago, based on a distinctly dodgy press release he had issued the night before.

The Cabinet Office investigated at our request, but found that Grayling had not breached the Ministerial Code, despite issuing a politically-motivated press release.

This time, the Mail and the Express constructed their fantasies, printed on the 21st of April, from a set of figures released by the DWP on the evening of the 20th of April.

Chris Grayling is the person who has direct authority to order DWP staff to compile figures on out-of-work benefits including Incapacity Benefit. He would have known that the data would be compiled in the form of a list of the reasons for incapacity, rather than the underlying cause. Chris Grayling is the man who appeared BBC Radio 4's Today programme to hype his own figures, on the same day as the story appeared in the Mail and the Express.

The Guardian posted an online story saying:

The employment minister, Chris Grayling, has said the government will launch a "revolution" to help people "turn their lives around" as figures revealed that more than 80,000 people are claiming incapacity benefit for obesity and addiction to alcohol and drugs.

Grayling said the figures – which show that 12,880 alcoholics and 9,200 drug abusers have been dependent on the benefit for more than 10 years – told a "pretty sorry tale".


Chris Grayling knows- he must know as Ministers have more advisers than brain cells - that debilitating obesity is most often caused by the side-effects of prescription medicine or health problems; that alcoholism and drug abuse lasting over 10 years likely signals some underlying mental-health problem or disorder.

There are obvious questions to be asked here. Does Chris Grayling direct DWP staff to issue politically-motivated data for the righit-wing tabloids to pick up, and use the furor to self-publicise and to push his anti-disabled people agenda. If you look over his 10-month period in office, you will note the curious correlation between DWP releases the night before Mail and Express article and radio interviews with Chris Grayling. Correlation is, of course, not causation - still, it is food for thought.

9 comments:

Bill Kruse said...

What I wonder about Chris Grayling is how big a bung is he getting from ATOS?

BB

Shaun said...

Clever deflection by the government ? No one's complaining about immigration at the moment. The ConDems (or their advisers) have picked something that gets the average minor bigot in this country talking about "how this must change".
Just a question of how long their lies can go on. Didn't Cameron say we should be entitled to ditch our MPs ? Or was that a lie too.

Shaun said...

Clever deflection by the government ? No one's complaining about immigration at the moment. The ConDems (or their advisers) have picked something that gets the average minor bigot in this country talking about "how this must change".
Just a question of how long their lies can go on. Didn't Cameron say we should be entitled to ditch our MPs ? Or was that a lie too.

Anonymous said...

Its one big conspiracy between the Govt, DWP in order to get the tax payers on their side. Highlighting the issue infurites people and they know it. Beware coalition the disabled people are coming after you and when they get you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Takes me back to the Thatcher and Blair regimes we were all work shy needed help and yet after 13 years of New labour no more went back to work from disability then under Wilson's regime, or Thatchers regime.

Blair spent millions upon Millions with the media a the BBC with it's benefit scrounger programs, in the end n what did it do, made me vote for somebody else, now they have become part of the Tories, god know where I will vote next.

Nothing changes

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't David Cameron lead by example and stop overeating so I don't have to see his fat, overprivileged face that looks like it was made out of dough all the time on my TV.

The bastard looks like the Stay puft marshmallow man out of ghostbusters.

Anonymous said...

Where would you put Blair then and Brown the excrement of it's marshmallow ass.

Chris Kilby said...

Hi - I'm an 'asthma' sufferer (COPD really) and I was wondering if there was any chance of you running a thread about this 'minor disease'? If not could you point me towards somewhere where there is one?

As I'm sure peeps have seen from the news, many of us in urban areas have been staying indoors during this hot spell. How will we be able to convince ATOS that we have these problems. I do keep CERC warnings, which have been through the roof this year; but that is all I am aware of.

This must be affecting tens of thousands of people and virtually no-one has paid any media attention to it.

Any thoughts please?

DeusExMacintosh said...

I have a question about Chris Grayling... based on that photo from Left Foot Forward is he devolving into Montgomery Burns?!