WASPIs: Stephen Crabb, preacher of virtue, puts pensionless women in a vice

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 He wants us all to pray, pay and go away

SQUARE.JW.01Let’s say you’re a Dorian Gray sort of Prime Minister – David Cameron for example – casting around to find a Work & Pensions Secretary who’s an even more hypocritically holy than Iain Duncan-Smith. So you’d want a superficially caring exterior – a strong bent towards Christian works, for example. But also a heartlessly hard centre suggesting an ability to cheat if necessary, let down those who launched him, and display the sort of ruthless Mefirst behaviour that made, for example, Ed Balls a role model  for aspiring Alan B’stards everywhere. Well, as I’ve noted before, nobody can pick ’em like Dodgy Dave.

Some time before he acquired his chinstrap beard and a few stone in weight, DWP Secretary of State Stephen Crabb was a perfectly normal MP. By which I mean, he fiddled his expenses on a grand scale. In fact, he worked them to death for his own personal profit. Claiming a fellow MP’s London flat was his main residence, he claimed £8,049 for refurbishments to his ‘second residence’ flat in London that were carried out from July 2006. He sold the flat the following year at a very substantial profit…and then switched his second home expenses to the house he had recently bought for his family in Pembrokeshire, allowing him to claim back £9,300 in stamp duty and £1,325 a month in mortgage interest for almost a year.

Because of the involvement of another party, it was in reality a conspiracy to defraud. But Mr Crabb soldiered gamely on without any visible stain of criminality. Perhaps the beard was an attempt to disguise bare-faced robbery…we do not know, for God moves in mysterious ways. And Stephen is, according to himself, an Godly man.

He is fond of telling people about his commitment to being a Christian; he believes in the value of prayer and ‘feels the church should play an active role in community life’. He’s just a bit crap on the not stealing and compassion bits in the Bible.

For in 2014 (the fiddling scandal having receded) the Secretary of State charged with the wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our culture was still at it, milking the expenses system, employing his wife as a secretary at around £20,000 per annum….when he was already a Cabinet Minister with Whitehall secretarial facilities which (we can safely assume) were readily available in profusion. The “claim” was of course just another way to increase the Crabb family income without paying concomitant tax due at his higher rate of earnings.

Given his enthusiastic Christianity, the casual reader could be forgiven for thinking Stephen a man of double standards. Those with double standards usually insist on double helpings, and judging by his current waistline, that does seem to apply to the Minister:

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But let us not mock him, for Stephen is after all profoundly serious about his Christianity: he has been active for some years in Christian Action Research & Education (CARE). As it happens, the CARE scheme launched his political career. Unfortunately, CARE doesn’t take a lot of care when it comes to the medical validity of its research. CARE thinks homosexuality is a disease. But like Jeremy Hunt and his published desire ‘to demolish the NHS brick by brick’, the DWP boss-man has left all that youthful exuberance behind: these days, Crabb has makes it clear that he does not “support or endorse any views about ‘gay cure’ theology”. Even though – on several occasions – he has shared platforms with several from the CARE ranks who do.

And he remains a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage. And he is against LGBT rights.

I’m against same-sex marriage in Church, and I think as a society we should spend less time obsessing about LGBT….but then, I’m not a Christian. Christ befriended lepers and prostitutes, and no doubt felt the same way about gays – indeed, living at home until the age of 32 and unmarried, Jesus may well have been homosexual himself.

So it seems sort of fuzzily, um, apparent that Stephen Crabb doesn’t extend his compassion to sexual minorities. Even though his spiritual leader may indeed have been a member of one. Indeed, by the standards of 2016, the Minister is a Non-Violent Extremist (NVE) and no doubt Theresa May has a file on him yea thick. Yes, just as with the Conservatives as a whole these days, there’s a lot of this “let’s be clear” thing….but not much clarity, as such.

For example, as an empiricist I could study the previous four paragraphs closely, and then reach the conclusion that Crabb is the sort of chap willing to let nutters launch his career….and then deny them thrice as his slither up the greasy pole gathers pace. Jesus Christ himself, in fact, predicted exactly that about Peter.

Not that I’m a conclusion-jumper – Good Lord no, perish the thought. I’d have to study the suspect in more detail. You know…look for further evidence of a man expunging his past by taking revenge on it.

Oddly enough, that brings me to Stephen’s current job, and his own personal background.You see – get those hankies out girls – poor Stephen didn’t have a great start in life: he comes from what patronising legislators like to call a “problem family”…although a large majority of their problems are ones of society, not individual citizens.

His father was a long-term sickness benefit claimant from the year before Crabb was born. His mother separated from his father when Stephen was eight years old. She raised him and his two brothers on a council estate, living on benefits. Without question, the Crabb family was chronically welfare dependent.

The Minister makes much of this, and his mother does seem to have been a very religious, brave and determined woman who eventually fought her way out of the dependency.

The thing that lucky Stephen Crabb seems unable to grasp is that without some welfare, his mother would’ve starved to death – alongside him.

Further, he seems unwilling to accept that what happened with his parents was utterly unrelated to people with serious disabilities today….and State Pensioners denied the income they’d been promised is not the loss of a benefit: it is breaking a contract which guaranteed a pension entitlement over five decades after 1950.

Far from having any time at all for the WASPI’s plight (see Slogpost of earlier this week) Crabb now says, for example, that it is his intention to cut expenditure on disability benefits through further reform to the welfare system. He told a Commons committee yesterday that he wanted to go further than the £12 billion welfare cuts set out in the Conservative manifesto.

But how can this be? For when the ire of the Pharisees rained down upon George Osborne two months ago about disability cuts, arch Christian moralist Stephen said the Government had “no further plans” for specific cuts. Oh well, now the dust has settled in Jersusalem, I suppose the Work & Pensions Secretary feels a little more brave. Perhaps he is Peter after all. That is, a craven coward: except of course, he shows no sign of the redemption and later bravery that brought Peter the Rock sainthood. He’s more your Crabb hiding under the rock, waiting for the All Clear sirens.

Why is any of this relevant to WASPIs?

As I established at the outset, Stephen Crabb is a standard issue MP (fiddling his expenses and avoiding tax) and straight from Camerlot central casting (claims to care, but with behaviours that suggest the diametric opposite). In these senses, he is no different to Grant Shapps, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Fallon or indeed any chilly trougher David Cameron’s gnat-span of attention might spot.

Specifically in relation to benefits and pensions, however, there is strong evidence that Crabb is a socially dangerous man….because he has a Mission deficient in the most important tool for such a voyage: a moral compass.

Not only do his Christian beliefs stop short of compassion or ethical consistency, they also seem bigoted – and close to zealotry.

He doesn’t like gays, he thinks everyone should do what his beloved Mummy did (even though she wasn’t disabled) and he doesn’t know the  difference between the moveable feast of benefit policy, and the broken promise of a citizen entitlement.

The main (in some ways, only) point of this piece is to repeat yet again what the WASPI leadership seem unable to grasp: the odd nature of those who would leave every Briton to his or her fate. People like Stephen Crabb believe that politicians should profit from shrinking the State, and doing as little as possible for the citizens foolish enough to have elected them. Not only do they expect to get well-paid for pauperising the sovereign citizen: they indulge in (and succeed in) plundering the citizens’ tax money for their own gain….with no consequences at all.

They are the people Nye Bevan called “lower than vermin”. The main difference between Nye and Stephen, however, is that the struggles of his mother drove him to build the NHS – whereas those of Stephen’s mother render him coldly fanatical in destroying the principle of help for the disadvantaged.

Mr Crabb is holier than thou, but he doesn’t strike me as much of a Christian. I can’t see him getting through the eye of that celestial needle. Look at his voting record on welfare and benefits to support that contention:

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Not so much a Good Samaritan, more a Black Knight of Camerlot. But also, to avoid marginalising himself, very keen to muddy the waters on his attitude to sexual aberrence. Just look at these votes on same-sex marriage:

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He was sort of foraginfor about the issue. And that’s the bottom line about Stephen Crabb. He’s an uncaring Christian, a materialist man of prayer, an ethical, unprincipled careerist, a tax-fiddling moraliser, and a besuited zealot. You could say, “Deep down, he’s superficial” – except I wouldn’t: superficially he plays a cool, polished accountant, but deep down his policies are based on a sample of one….Mummy.

Perhaps the best way to judge the man is to follow this link to his evidence to a Parliamentary committee on May 11th.

It is my considered opinion that Stephen Crabb is not cool. He is cold and dead in his heart and soul.

WASPIs: he is not a colleague, he is your enemy.

Connected from an earlier Slogpost: WASPIs get five minutes after 60 years

19 thoughts on “WASPIs: Stephen Crabb, preacher of virtue, puts pensionless women in a vice

  1. John I try not to get angry about pretty much everything Camerlot stands for but it’s fcking difficult is it not? So few folk I speak to understand whats going on or even care. I have stopped talking about Brexit in case I “accidentally” hit someone over the head with a hammer shouting “wake up you pillock before its too late!” I just send them links to our respective websites and ask them to follow the debate there. My “friends” in the City are getting a bit twitchy but are mostly in denial after all they don’t want to be one if the 10000 job losses do they?! C

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  2. excellent piece John and very amusing. @RTW,I sympathise as I’m feeling the same . The Brexit,Sadiq Khan debate is splitting our house. The young don’t see the bigger picture and actually believe it was principles that got the latter elected . As for Brexit ,the immigration issue isn’t an issue and they don’t understand the economic argument. As for ttip’s they haven’t a clue. Still I think the out campaign will win…I hope

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  3. On the subject of religious hypocrites John :- In 1986 barrister John Walford authored a Defence and Counterclaim document which formed his clients pleaded case. 5 years later he stood by in a court and remained mute whilst his client made claims which were in conflict with this pleaded case. Because of his clients fraud and deceptions I had lost my home and property and my opponent had got the benefit of my work and his own home at no cost to himself and had got away with it. At that time and for years after, barrister, later judge, John Walford, was the chancellor to the diocese of the Anglican church in Bradford, West Yorkshire. What part of Jesus’s teachings was he following when he aided and abetted his crooked clients deceptions?

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  4. Stephen Crabbed is indeed a worthy successor to Iain Bunkum Smith – both of whom use a moral compass which replaces true north with due south, thus allowing their integrity to go west. Despite his stinging rebuke to the WASPIs, he partly shares their dress sense in that he enjoys wearing stripy garments, but his preferred colouring is black and white – echoing his simplistic political ideology – with the addition of a cloth cap, an eye-mask, and a sack of swag (pronounced smug).

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  5. ” indeed, living at home until the age of 32 and unmarried, Jesus may well have been homosexual himself.”

    Oh no he wasn’t.. He was an Essene and married the Magdalene and they moved to France. What we have worshipped since is St Paul’s religion in Rome. It might be called Paulanity.

    That’s my silver hat theory of Rennes le Chateau.

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  6. Claiming a fellow MP’s London flat was his main residence, he claimed £8,049 for refurbishments to his ‘second residence’ flat in London that were carried out from July 2006. He sold the flat the following year at a very substantial profit…and then switched his second home expenses to the house he had recently bought for his family in Pembrokeshire, allowing him to claim back £9,300 in stamp duty and £1,325 a month in mortgage interest for almost a year.

    I am certain that you are not the only person to have this information. His paymasters will have it too, and won’t be pretending to put it through the shredder like they did the last lot of expenses. It means he’s caught where it hurts, should they need to do a little hurting.

    Whatever, a country that needs the Chinese to build their nuclear power stations is not a country that can afford First-World niceties like pension schemes. That the government likes to tell people that it is First World means nothing, the reality is what the newspapers are there to distract people from.

    I mean, if the government is staring a 7,5% deficit in the face, what can they do? Start taxing the corporations??? No! They choose the easy targets, the ones who can’t fight back. This isn’t how democracies work, or Christians for that matter, but it works fine in the UK.

    It’s not as if the government have much choice, is it? Once that 7,5% deficit starts to bite…

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  7. I do believe the bible says the devil will hide within his house! i believe a metaphor that those in the church and the church itself isn’t beyond being deceived and manipulated by evil people!and the carrying out of evil deeds,So just because you belong to a church doesn’t mean you are a good practising Christian! history is empiricist adamant on this point!

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  8. As the venereal Tories remove the widow’s mites, it would seem that U.K. has acquired an infestation of Crabbs. The British pubic must be cleansed of these parasites forthwith.

    BTW JW, I doubt Jesus was homosexual. Not only did he make an awful mess in the Temple, but unlike most gay pride parades, in Jesus’ return to Jerusalem, an ass was bearing him. :-)

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  9. Thing is, you,see state pensions ARE a benefit. A contributory benefit like so many others eg unemployment benefits, sickness benefit….and every time someone says state pensions aren’t a benefit, they buy into the Tory rhetoric that tells us that anyone who gets benefits is Other and Undeserving and Not Hardworking and a Scrounger. Thee is nothing wrong with the word benefits. We should be PROUD of a system that tries to ensure that you pay when you can work so you won’t starve when you can’t, not colluding in demonising the word benefits. It’s not us, the govt and them. It’s us and the govt. Divide and rule is the first principle of removing power and boy, are the Tories past masters at it.

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  10. Thank you John for the research, without you I would not have known just what a creep Crabb is. I’m with Nye Bevan on this.
    It astonishes me that self declared “christians” like for instance Crabb and Blair don’t seem to fear hell, which seems to have a claim on them.

    @Geordie: Agreed, I have many younger family members who support the “Greens” they deplore globalization and ttip but support remaining in Europe and extoll the bebefits of mass immigration and “the diversity”. They just can’t seem to join the dots.

    @ Gemma Agreed, I have lived and worked in some truly third world countries and the main defining characteristic is the vast chasm between the elites and the poor (almost everyone) and the hard heartedness of the elites. That and the fact they make almost nothing for themselves and almost all their services, producive industries and resources are foreign owned. Just from observation, the UK and US are sliding into that territory.

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  11. Very much enjoyed reading this, but my sister is one of those moaning about her pension. She is one of those women who, in the seventies, opted to continue to pay the “married woman’s contribution” of National Insurance, which didn’t cover pension contributions, when it was abolished. Had she opted to pay full NI insurance, she would now be on a decent pension. She gets a pension, but mostly based on her husband’s contributions, plus a small pension from when she worked for the Local Authority. It is women who are single or who’s partners are on low income who are really suffering. I don’t know whether there is anything in the statistics that shows whether or not a decision that working married women took in the seventies is now affecting them. Just saying.

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  12. Waldganger Well I found this today in the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (Halle an der Saale). It backs up what you say about the US and the UK heading towards third world conditions.

    The lack of regulation in the agriculture industry in the US has led to a situation where workers in the poultry industry are not allowed pauses – even to go to the toilet! They have to wear nappies.

    http://www.mz-web.de/panorama/us-gefluegelindustrie-mitarbeiter-muessen-wegen-pausenverbot-windeln-tragen-24052902?dmcid=sm_fb_p

    The general tenor of the article is that the workers are put under “inhuman” pressure, and the lack of opportunity to eat or drink will have consequences for their health. How desperate are people in the US for a job that they will accept these conditions???

    I can so a speedy ( = rough) translation for those who are genuinely interested.

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  13. @Gemma: If that is really true then it is really revolting and inhuman. I don’t think such conditions of work really exist in the real third world (by which I mean those already there and not just heading in that direction). If it true then the US has arrived already.

    I am reminded that in the cotton mills of the north of England in the 19th century, women workers who were the mothers of babies were allowed a couple of minutes off, to present themselves at special window where a family member usually a younger sibling would hold the baby to be breastfed. How soon until such conditions return.

    Younger people no longer have the education and lack the folk memory to understand how far we have come and how far we can fall.

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  14. Waldgaenger, the USA arrived there a very long time ago. The problem is that we are only beginning to see their mendacity for what it is.

    Britain’s lack of regulation in the workplace means it is hard on their heels, and when people want jobs… what option is there when there aren’t the social standards that there are in Europe????

    I’ll say it again: Britain is the testbed for TTIP. In or out of Europe, it will make no difference whatsoever, because British businessmen are already able to control the government.

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