The preliminary findings presented today by UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights have had more coverage in the UK’s mainstream media than many expected.
More, but still limited – and what is below has had scant mention.
Responding to a question posed by the SKWAWKBOX about how easily and cheaply Alston had said many of the worst problems inflicted on the vulnerable could be fixed – and whether in view of this the Tories are breaching human rights, Alston:
- listed simple steps that would alleviate huge suffering at little cost
- disbelieved the government’s excuses
- compared Tory policies unfavourably with one of the most draconian policies of Communist China
- and called the Tories’ ‘punitive’ sanctions regime ‘cruel’, ‘inhuman’ and ‘inconsistent with Britain’s basic human rights obligations
Alston does not mince his words – but his forthright language doesn’t scratch the surface of the suffering the Tories are inflicting on our most vulnerable people, including our children, disabled people and the mentally ill.
The shame of this government – and its cruel, inhuman, criminal breaches of human rights – are now a matter of record.
The government, which Alston said is in denial, is of course denying his findings – and the mainstream media, which are unlikely to show the full extent of Alston’s damning assessment, are ridiculously misrepresenting this ‘head in the sand’ response as ‘striking back’.
It’s essential that the many facets of Alston’s utter condemnation of the Tory government become widely known.
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