A devastating UN report just buried what’s left of Theresa May’s government

UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston
Afroze Zaidi-Jivraj

Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights for the United Nations, released findings from his UK visit at a press conference today.

Alston’s report was damning in its indictment of austerity measures in the UK. He also suggested much of the suffering caused was avoidable, since “the worse aspects of a lot of these policies could be changed overnight, and for very little money”.

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Poverty is a political choice

In the report, Alston addressed a range of issues, from the benefits system to homelessness:

Clearly, the havoc the Conservative government’s policies have wreaked on British society has been extensive:

Effects on the most vulnerable

Alston also revealed, perhaps unsurprisingly, how Conservative policy has disproportionately harmed the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in society:

McVey under fire

Of course, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) bears no small amount of blame for the current situation. Some argued that it’s no coincidence Esther McVey, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, resigned a day before this report was released:

Ultimately, Alston’s report only confirmed what the majority of people have been witnessing for years. The Tory government has shown contempt for poor and working class people, both through their policies and their rhetoric, for some time.

Let’s just hope now that someone finally sits up and takes notice.

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