Tory MP Ben Bradley has rightly been widely castigated for stating that unemployed people should be sterilised – comments chillingly reminiscent of the nazis’ eugenics-driven attitude toward supposedly ‘undesirable’ groups of people.
Unremarkably but no less shockingly, Theresa May has stood by her newly-appointed ‘youth tsar’ after the comments came to light – in spite of other offensive comments he has made, such as stating during the London riots that he would be watching police play ‘splat the chav‘.
His Tory colleagues have also defended him.
In a BBC interview, while front-bencher James Cleverly – admittedly while squirming to avoid any words of outright approval – tried to brush off Bradley’s comments as merely the kind of thing you say before you’re in politics, Conservative BBC presenter Nick Robinson appeared to struggle to find anything wrong with his ‘sterilise the unemployed’ comments:
I’m still trying to work out, what is it he said that isn’t acceptable.
As shown in the screengrab above, the BBC Politics Twitter account didn’t seem to find anything particularly remarkable about the defence or Robinson’s mystification either – although ‘the ratio’ of retweets to comments suggests at least that there was more outrage than approval among social media users.
Few who pay much attention to Tory policies and the thinking behind them would doubt that this kind of ‘weed out the weak’ mentality is common among right-wingers.
But the fact that apologists for such thinking are now coming out of the woodwork to defend the indefensible – and worse still, to ask what’s to unacceptable about it – should be of the gravest concern, not just to the unemployed, poor and disable but to anyone with a conscience.
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