As is now known worldwide, the UK will have a new prime minister in a couple of months’ time because David Cameron announced that he will be stepping down in light of the referendum result to leave the European Union.
Naturally, there are a few Conservatives with their eyes on the top job but, in my view, none so strange as work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb. He is one of five candidates nominated for the position.
He is totally unfit to hold his current role, which includes responsibility for disability and other benefits, let alone be allowed to occupy 10 Downing Street.
Let’s take a look at his voting record; it is not a pretty story.
On welfare and benefits, Crabb has consistently voted:
- FOR reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms, (which the Labour Party describes as the ‘bedroom tax’);
- AGAINST raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices;
- AGAINST paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability;
- FOR making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support;
- FOR a reduction in spending on welfare benefits;
- AGAINST spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.
And, if that’s not enough, he has voted:
- FOR tax cuts for the richest, (specifically, those earning over £150,000), and voted against raising taxes for this income bracket;
- AGAINST a bankers’ bonus tax, though he has voted for higher taxes on banks;
- FOR a crackdown on trade unions, backing every restriction on union activities proposed by the government.
A really atrocious record of shame.