Just when you think the Tories couldn't be more heartless Tory minister Lord Freud shows they can. The PM’s welfare adviser argued disabled people are “not worth” the minimum wage.
The Welfare Reform Minister later said he was “profoundly sorry” as he scrambled to save his job after public outrage over the comments.
Even Tory Employment Minister Esther McVey admitted “those words will haunt him.”
The Commons heard in stunned silence how, at a fringe meeting, Lord Freud answered a question from a Tory councillor about disabled people and the minimum wage.
Lord Freud was recorded saying: “You make a really good point about the disabled. There is a group, and I know exactly what you mean, where actually as you say they’re not worth the full wage.”
The minister then suggested disabled people could “work for £2 an hour.”
Lord Freud is a millionaire former City financier. He owns a £2 million pound house in London and a country home in Kent.
Pat Harrington, general secretary of Solidarity, commented:
"It is worrying that a government minister holds views like this. Disabled people should be given the same wage as other workers. Arguably they should be a paid a little more to take into account their extra costs. To suggest that they should be paid less is reprehensible. I don't think an apology is enough. He should resign."
"You can sign a petition calling for Freud to be sacked here."