The World’s Most Dreadful Human Being: Philip Davies

Philip Davies, the MP for Shipley, claimed the disabled or those with mental health problems were at a disadvantage because they could not offer to work for less money. Relaxing the law would help some to compete more effectively for jobs in “the real world” in which they are “by definition” less productive than those without disabilities, he claimed. The remarks stunned MPs on all sides and forced Downing Street to distance the Prime Minister from Mr Davies. Charities and equality campaigners condemned the suggestion as “outrageous”. During a Parliamentary debate, Mr Davies told MPs that the minimum wage of £5.93 per hour meant disabled people who wanted to work found the door being “closed in their face”.

I bet you first thought it was the excellent Philip Davies of Sheffield. Nope. He’s grand. And no politician. This Shipley Davies is a dreadful human being more interested in money than the well being of the most disadvantaged.  I hope the good people of Shipley boot him from office.

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5 Responses to The World’s Most Dreadful Human Being: Philip Davies

  1. ripondoug says:

    its a complex issue. i have a special needs daughter (middle child in my avatar), and i know that she is going to face a tough time someday looking for work if the wage paid is market rate. I have no answer, except that i think he met well.

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    • Jim says:

      it is a complex issue but it offends me when people suggest that special needs folk are less than fully human and thus worthy of less than others.

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  2. Craig Benno says:

    Here in Australia the federal gov is looking at revamping the whole disability pension. The last few weeks the Sydney papers have had headliner’s such as – shirkers forced to work and find jobs.

    4 years ago I collapsed at work, paralysed on the right side and hospitalised for 2 months. Now I rarely have to use the walking stick, but still have balance and other ongoing health issues.

    In many ways I have discovered that so called disabled people are not as disabled as many others who are not considered disabled.

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  3. ripondoug says:

    i do agree that people with special needs are no less fully human. they are all image bearers of Christ.

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  4. Patricia says:

    The Tories were always “the nasty party” in UK politics on social issues and so they remain. Philip Davies is only saying what many other conservative supporters/MPs think but have been told not to say.

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