Well, they managed it. Cameron’s Conservatives – no doubt already wearying of the compassionate bit – have their ‘stealing the milk’ moment.
Since Maggie snatched the white stuff from millions of schoolchildren way back when, condemning them to easily snapped arms and legs when they fell onto the rock-hard concrete in their playgrounds (youth of today, don’t know yer born!) her disciples have been on the lookout for their own really nasty moment.
Closing libraries, flogging forests and cutting benefits will only give you so much of a kick, after all, these are the kinds of things that most of us expect the Conservatives to do. Where’s the buzz when you do something everyone has been anticipating since the election last May? Nowhere, that’s where. So you have to raise your game a little.
This should do it. Removing benefits from cancer survivors after one year. Simply put, if you are not on the mend after 12 months, the government thinks we can probably do without you and your weak-assed immune system malingering around. Although perhaps, following this story, they are betting that the number of people reaching that milestone is going to be dramatically reduced anyway. I wonder what the cancer survival rates were in the 1930s? And isn’t it just as well TB isn’t on the rise, eh? Oh.