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Protests over Welfare Reform: Lord Freud Put Outside his Comfort Zone.

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From the BBC,

 

The BBC’s Tom Symonds: “Protesters have taken over the road”Up to 300 anti-cuts protesters – some posing as removal men – blocked a road outside the north London home of welfare minister Lord Freud earlier.

More pictures from UK Uncut  on Facebook here.

 
Here at Ipswich Unemployed Action we are pleased to hear that our old friend Lord Freud got it in the neck.
 
Here is some of his background (adapted from Wikipedia).
 
“Freud was a Financial Times journalist. In 1983 he worked fir Rowe & Pitman. He oprated over 50 deals, raising more than £50bn in 19 countries. Many were high profile, including the flotations of Eurotunnel and EuroDisney.
 
His role in the deals earned him a great deal of publicity and criticism.
 
By 2003, Freud had become the vice-chairman of investing banking at the firm, now known as UBS AG.
 
He retired early at the age 53, claiming that he was bored with the City.In late 2006, Freud was appointed by the Tony Blair, to provide a nominally independent review of the British welfare to work system.
 
His subsequent recommendations called for expanded private sector involvement in the welfare system, for substantial resources to be found to help those on Incapacity Benefit back into “economic activity” and for single parents to be required to take paid employment earlier.
 
Although his recommendations on single parents were immediately adopted, when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in June 2007 other restructuring measures were soft-pedalled.(Note, oh no they weren’t).
 
He was later rehired as an adviser to the government when James Purnell was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in 2008.
 
He was involved in producing a white paper, published in December 2008.
 
This would require most people receiving benefits either to participate in some form of employment or prepare formally to find paid employment later.
 
He said, “We cannot have people simply loafing about, doing nothing and expecting the state to finance their lifestyles,”
 
“”That is the way to the destruction of our society.”
 
In February 2009, Freud joined the Conservative Party, which at that time was not in government. He was given a life peerage as Baron Freud, of Eastry in the county of Kent and became a shadow minister for welfare in the House of Lords.
 
As of 2012, Freud is in charge of reform of the benefits system.”
 
His lordship has never done an honest day’s work in his life.
 
He is now making our lives a misery.
 
The sooner he joins another Baron(ess) the better!
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  1. Protesters outside Lord Freud’s £1.9 million pound house yesterday.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm

  2. There was also a protest outside Iain Duncan Smith’s mansion in Buckinghamshire:

    Poor. Old. Tired. Horse

    April 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

  3. Interesting that the DWP is one of the organisation’s that have requested they be given access to everyone’s emails and internet activity under the “Snooper’s Charter”. (Communications Data Bill)

    Big Bruva

    April 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    • Also the Regulatory Investigative Powers Act [RIPA] Local Authorities can use This Power Too

      Who's watching the watchers

      April 15, 2013 at 10:12 am

      • wow, imagine some jokecentre/wp provider bod pulling up your internet browsing history…

        Steph

        April 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

  4. Yea And They Find These Posts What A Surprise They’ll Get.

    Who's Watching The Watchers

    April 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

  5. People loafing about, doing nothing and expecting the state to finance their lifestyles? Does he mean the Winsors?

    Trevor

    April 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  6. Do you remember Iain Duncan Smith’s 2002 visit to Easterhouse in Glasgow where he tearfully vowed to end poverty?

    Well, it hasn’t happened. Instead, Easterhouse is one of the latest places in Glasgow to resort to food banks to help people blighted by desperate unemployment and savage benefit cuts.

    And this at a time when MPs are being offered £3,700 to interrupt their holidays so they can attend Lady Thatcher’s funeral – and be flown back again to resume their holiday afterwards.

    Tobanem

    April 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

  7. “IDS caught fiddling his figures – again”

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/131734

    Annos

    April 16, 2013 at 11:04 pm

  8. […] In 2011 the bastard said “We cannot have people simply loafing about, doing nothing and expecting the state to finance their lifestyles” https://intensiveactivity.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/protests-over-welfare-reform-lord-freud-put-outsid… […]

  9. […] In 2011 the bastard said “We cannot have people simply loafing about, doing nothing and expecting the state to finance their lifestyles” https://intensiveactivity.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/protests-over-welfare-reform-lord-freud-put-outsid… […]


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