Saturday, 18 June 2011

Phil Davies The True face of Conservatiism (Unless they get rid of him)

Now and then my natural enmity towards the Tories  relaxes  and  I find my self warming towards some Like Glyn Davies and David Melding abut I never been taken in by David Cameron's pretense  of caring conservatism and as long as he has the Likes of Shipley MP Philip Davies in his Party,  my long term view  that they are an uncaring, spiteful bunch will remain. Recently  Philip Davies  has sparked anger by suggesting that disabled people should work for less than the minimum wage to increase their chances of being taken on by employers.

Philip Davies told the Commons:

"If an employer is looking at two candidates, one who has got disabilities and one who hasn't, and they have got to pay them both the same rate, I invite you to guess which one the employer is more likely to take on.
"Given that some of those people with a learning disability clearly, by definition, cannot be as productive in their work as somebody who has not got a disability of that nature, then it was inevitable that, given the employer was going to have to pay them both the same, they were going to take on the person who was going to be more productive, less of a risk.
"My view is that for some people the national minimum wage may be more of a hindrance than a helpIf those people who consider it is being a hindrance to them, and in my view that's some of the most vulnerable people in society, if they feel that for a short period of time, taking a lower rate of pay to help them get on their first rung of the jobs ladder, if they judge that that is a good thing, I don't see why we should be standing in their way."

 What a stupid ignorant offensive (I could fill this paragraph with adjectives) man. But a man who is a member of a governing coalition. Do those LibDems  siting alongside Davies really feel comfortable being in Government  which contains people with such views.

Amongst other contributions he has made to our political life has been as the parliamentary spokesman for the Campaign Against Political Correctness and he has been accused of wasting the Equality and Human Rights Commission's time by sending a stream of correspondence to its Chair, Trevor Phillips, between 2008 and 2009. In this correspondence, he asked questions relating to race and sex discrimination such as: "Is it offensive to black up or not, particularly if you are impersonating a black person?" and "Why it is so offensive to black up your face, as I have never understood this?"]

He also asked whether it was racist for a policeman to refer to a BMW as "black man's wheels"  ( I Think it is) and whether the Metropolitan Black Police Association breaches discrimination law by restricting its membership to black people. Peter Herbert, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, said: "This correspondence seems a complete and utter waste of time... he shouldn't be using the Human Rights Commission as basically a source of legal advice."

In March 2007 he voted against the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 which proposed to allow the Secretary of State to make regulations defining discrimination and harassment on grounds of sexual orientation, create criminal offences, and provide for exceptions.

In early 2010, Davies was criticised by the press] and religious organisations for using Parliamentary rules to "wreck" the Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Bill, an anti-poverty measure designed to stop "Vulture funds" from buying up the debt of third-word countries in order to aggressively pursue repayments through the international courts. How proud he and his fellow Tories must be of this?

Perhaps Davies would be more at home in the English Democrats  His father is Peter Davies, who in 2009 was elected Mayor of Doncaster for that Party but then again they might find him a bit to much of an embarrassing.

What is unless Davies views on the employment of some of the most vulnerable members of  our Society by the whole Conservative party they can't complain if I and others see their silence as tacit approval and judge them as a whole on the unpalatable views of their colleagues.


  1. Not like Blair then with his work less scrounger statements then. But I'm disabled and I was informed by labour to help them by doing a survey the survey which stated 90% of disabled people want to work, but the question left no other option but to come out with that result.

    Then Labour asked me to look for work and they would use me as a method of getting others into work, the BBC would come down make a program, of course the BBC are not political, they came down with this American so called cowboy who was going out to find me a job, he did in a café working for £10 a day cash in hand, I had to explain to this smiling America and the BBC who stated proudly see we found him job, first of all I could not get up the four steps since my wheelchair would not go up steps, then I said have you noticed the café had a step inside, ah said the BBC chap but do you really need a wheelchair slap on back American cowboy states yes do you need a wheelchair. Then I had to point out working for ten quid a day cash in hand was illegal in the UK, but the American proudly stated on TV yes people always find an excuse not to work.

    The next month the BBC asked me to come to the Cardiff studio to talk about disability with a company who was being paid million to help the disabled find employment, they would not help me oh no they'd help the employers, I asked your getting help from the Welsh Assembly yes, how many people have you employed proudly sixteen, I asked how many are disabled, ah yes next question, so I asked again say no come on how many disabled people have you got employed, ah well what do you call disabled, people who under the DDA are classed as having a disability people who were claiming benefits, ah well none.

    Mr Davies is correct the only way anyone is going to employ me if I'm cheaper, because for the last ten years with the job center, the Remploy bunch of cowboys and the Shaw trust not one single appointment, after ten years of so called special help which actually cost this country billions, I have not had a single interview.

    The job offers I had from my last visit remember I use a wheelchair, Painter decorator, you can paint the skirting, Scafolder, well you can try it. Taxi driver what about taxi driver, I do not have a driving license is that really a reason not to try.

    You will not believe the silly jobs I get sent out to try.

    fact disabled people will not get employed we might get lower benefit but jobs I doubt it.

    Blaming the Tories for Labours welfare reforms a bit rich

  2. Anonymous 18.05.

    Thanks for the detailed reminder of Labour's failure. I have always been of the opinion that both the current and previous governments have seen the unemployed and the disabled unemployed in particular as the problem and not as they should lok at it how to create jobs.

    What is not the answer is paying them less and again treating them as if they were the problem. We need to think our whole employment strategy. I have been advocating the creation of co-operatives on the line of Mondragon in the Basque country. It would not be difficult to incorporate in these co-ops the rights and guarantees of disabled employees