The story of Runcorn woman Elaine Morrall, who died cold and alone in a house she only heated when her children were home from school – after being sanctioned by the DWP (Dept of Work and Pensions) for missing an appointment while she was in intensive care – has gone viral today, as social media users equally appalled and supportive wept over her mother’s letter to councillors about Elaine’s terrible ordeal and tragic death.
Meanwhile, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke, the man responsible for the department that ‘sanctioned her to death’, as one Twitter user described it, has featured in a Private Eye article – encouraging corporations to put their profits into tax havens to avoid paying tax on them.
The man responsible for the ‘conscious cruelty’ and ‘government murder’ inflicting anguish on millions, when he was Tax Minister just after the Tories took office, was busy creating a ‘roadmap’ to ease the passage of billions out of the country – while his predecessor Iain Duncan Smith was already making his own plans to impoverish our most vulnerable.
At the same time, tax lawyer Jolyon Maugham has revealed that HMRC hasn’t bothered taking a simple step that would secure around £200 million in taxes from ‘taxi’ firm Uber.
It’s been a day of grief and compassion on the part of human beings that has set the inhumanity of the Tories in even starker contrast than usual.
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