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Thatcher’s Dark Legacy Must Be Challenged 28 May 2017 09:21 #2833

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MAY 2017 Saturday 27TH posted by Morning Star in Features

An unelected banker with too much political power aided in the continual destruction of the welfare state, writes MO STEWART

MARGARET THATCHER was the first elected neoliberal politician in Britain and, since then, toxic neoliberal poison has swept the world.
Neoliberal politics has successfully replaced need with greed and, in Britain, has gradually eroded almost all evidence of any moral or ethical responsibility by government to the chronically sick and disabled public, who are financially dependent upon welfare funding.
Known as the Iron Lady, it was Thatcher who declared in a magazine interview that “there is no such thing as society” and she demonstrated this belief using a dominant leadership style, which saw her forge a deep bond with Ronald Reagan in the US, and eventually obliged her to resign from office in 1990 following a battle within the Conservative Party. But Thatcher has since been immortalised and her dark legacy continues.
The long-planned demolition of the welfare state couldn’t happen overnight and began quietly. In November 2001, a conference was assembled at Woodstock, near Oxford, with the subject malingering and illness deception.
The 39 participants were all linked to UnumProvident Insurance, the US corporate giant acting as advisers to the British government on welfare claims management, represented at the conference by John LoCascio and supported by Mansel Aylward, the chief medical officer for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The US corporate influence would be ever-present within the DWP, as Aylward worked to undermine welfare funding for chronically sick and disabled people by suggesting that chronically sick and disabled welfare claimants were “malingering,” not least because he disregarded diagnosis and all medical opinion. Aylward’s biased opinion, influenced by US-corporations, was welcomed by politicians on both sides of the House of Commons because it would eventually reduce the welfare budget.

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