Ipswich MP, Ben Gummer, Stirs up hatred of Unemployed.
This is when Ben Gummer a few months back – there is no evidence that he changed his views since.
Apart from attempting to stir up divisions between migrant workers and other people this is his conclusion,
Long term unemployment is falling too, but is still far too high: 740 people in Ipswich have been out of work for more than twelve months. For those that want to get a job, the amount of support they receive is now greater than ever before – in skills, in training, in interview practice and in work placements. But there is still a small number who are unwilling to make a go of it. Our benefit reforms have made it much harder for such people to choose to live on benefits – and the prime minster has promised that, should he win the next election, we will do more. I support this: when there is the possibility of work, everyone in this town should have the opportunity – and duty – to work. Otherwise, it is the rest of us – the low paid included – who must pay for that lifestyle decision.
I note this on his Twitter feed (17th December):
Gummer, who obviously has read some gibberish in a Tory press release rather than understood anything about long-term unemployment, feebly replied that there are lots of new jobs out there.
And there is this in Wikipedia,
Gummer is the eldest child of former Conservative Cabinet Minister John Gummer, Baron Deben, and Penelope Jane Gardner. John Gummer was MP for Suffolk Coastal until the 2010 general election, when he moved to the House of Lords. Gummer attended St Saviour’s Church of England Primary School in Ealing, west London. Between 1987 and 1991 he was a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he sang under George Guest and Christopher Robinson. Gummer was a music scholar at Tonbridge School in Kent. Having won the Vellacott Historical Essay Prize he took a starred double first in History at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he was an exhibitioner and scholar.
After graduating, Gummer became director of ICWL, a small engineering firm handling water-cooled refrigerators,[and between 2005 and 2010 was Managing Director of family-owned Sancroft International, a company set up and led by his father John Gummer; in his five-year tenure the company’s size more than doubled.
MP for the Ipswich constituency in the general election of 2010,
Mr Gummer is the author of the following:
The Scourging Angel: The Black Death in the British Isles. London: 2009.
In October 2013 he became PPS to the Education Secretary, Michael Gove.When Gove became Chief Whip in the 2014 reshuffle, Gummer became PPS to Nicky Morgan.
Oh yes, he really has a lot in common with the low paid…..
He has indeed had a lot lifestyle choices as well.