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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Hard-Right Tories: Its not a Priti place to be

It’s hard to know where to start with Priti. She was born in London to a Ugandan/Indian migrant family. Her father stood for UKIP in a local council election and she was initially involved with the Referendum Party before switching allegiance to the Conservatives. She contested Nottingham North unsuccessfully at the 2005 general election before, under David Cameron’s leadership, being recommended for the Party’s “A-List” of prospective candidates. Before her rise to prominence, in 2008 Priti gave birth to her son Freddie and at just 4 days old the poor young lad held the honour of being the Tories youngest ever party member. 
She wasn't just on THAT bus, she was the driver!

On the surface, the woman described as a “modern-day Norman Tebbit” seems like the perfect candidate for being the modernising ‘poster girl’ so many on the right of the Tory Party really believe she is. To the rest of us, she’s not.

Back in 2011 on an episode of BBC Question Time, Priti spoke of her support for the death penalty, even if it means some innocent person just so happens to find themselves with a noose round their neck and a last sight before the trap door opens of Theresa May giving the thumbs down and minions Duncan Smith and Grayling salivating at the thought of one less future free TV licence.

In 2012 she co-authored a book, Brittania Unchained, which claimed that British workers were "among the worst idlers in the world". “Too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work,” argued the book which also lists Liz Truss among it’s co-authors. Priti has declined opportunities to discuss the book in the past, as have some of the other far-right Tory MPs, including Kwasi Kwarteng (pictured) and Dominic Raab. The charming Raab thinks feminists are "obnoxious bigots" 

In her time as Employment Minister (Duncan Smith's second in command) she stood at the despatch box on many occassions to defend the savage cuts of £30 a week to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). She claimed the cuts, which will cause serious hardship to people suffering from Parkinson's Disease, Cancer and a whole host of other illnesses and disabilities, were "justified" and it was a case of showing responsibility with taxpayers money. What a shame we can't be so responsible when it comes to renewing a nuclear weapon of mass destruction that we will never actually use at a staggering cost of £205 BILLION

In an act of astonishing dishonesty, Patel stood in The Commons and tried to use cancer charity MacMillan to defend the cuts, which are due to go ahead in 2017. Iain Duncan Smith tried the same thing and few main stream media outlets actually called them out on it. MacMillan really couldn't be much clearer on the matter but in true Tory fashion she made sure the truth didn't get in the way of the party narrative. This is what MacMillan did have to say about the cuts Priti, why didn't you mention any of this at the despatch box?

“The devastating impact that changes to Employment and Support Allowance will have on the lives of people with cancer is clear. It’s truly distressing to think that people with cancer could be forced out of their homes or fear a knock on the door from bailiffs at a time when they should be focused on recovering.

“Macmillan, along with a number of other health charities, has been calling on the Government to remove their proposed cuts to Employment and Support Allowance from the Welfare Reform and Work Bill since they were announced in July. They have so far refused to listen to us. 

“As the Bill moves to its final stages, the Government can no longer ignore the reality of what they’re doing. They desperately need to rethink these proposals.”

Macmillan is calling on the Government to remove the proposed £30 a week cut to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) from the Welfare Reform and Work Bill."

Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support.
I hate to question your honesty and integrity Priti, but lets be straight, you do tell some big fibs. 

Like many Tory MPs, Priti has links to private healthcare. She worked for lobbying firm Weber Shandwick, which do PR for big healthcare and pharmaceutical firms. Numerous internal tobacco company documents reveal Patel’s involvement with British American Tobacco while working for Shandwick. It will come as little surprise to you when I point out her support for the tobacco industry as a parliamentarian. In October 2010, she voted for the smoking ban to be overturned and 2 months later she signed a letter demanding the tobacco display ban be reconsidered. Patel calls plain packaging a “completely mad” policy which is “a blunt instrument which will have a disproportionate impact on independent retailers". It seems she's forgotten that she is now an MP and not on the payroll of BAT as a lobbyist any longer. *coughs*.
Over a period of 5 years Patel's costs, such as staffing and her expenses added up to an eye-watering £630,000 according to MP expenses watchdog IPSA and this does not include her very generous salary. Their records also reveal the taxpayer funds her husband's salary of £25,000 a year, for a PART TIME job, a wage certainly not afforded to many in hard working Britain. He also gets almost £15,000 a year as a London Borough of Bexley councillor. He claims to live in Welling in Kent. She claims to live in Witham. 

Only one of them can be right.

As the title says, the hard-right wing of the Tory party really isn't a Priti place to be.