As Minister for Social Protection Mr Varadkar effectively characterised the very people relying on that protection as a lumpen of loafers who refuse to ‘get up early in the morning’

As Minister for Social Protection Mr Varadkar effectively characterised the very people relying on that protection as a lumpen of loafers who refuse to ‘get up early in the morning’. His crowning achievement was a misleading ad campaign stereotyping welfare recipients as unusually prone to criminality. He has presided over the rollout of ‘JobPath’, an enforced registration and re-programming experiment that further degrades and collectively stigmatises the unemployed. I know he took a brave stand during last year’s referendum identifying with that other oppressed minority, the LGBT+ community in Ireland, and he deserves every respect for that.
But his open distaste for certain marginalised groups whose continuing visibility exposes the myth of the ‘recovering economy’ is unbecoming. He may have won an internal job competition, but he has much work to do before he can call himself Taoiseach of this republic.

6 thoughts on “As Minister for Social Protection Mr Varadkar effectively characterised the very people relying on that protection as a lumpen of loafers who refuse to ‘get up early in the morning’

  1. Couldn’t agree more! His personal life just doesn’t matter, and i believe he well knew that it was finally a safe time to come out as a gay TD. But he is as right wing as Theresa and he is already targeting the less well off, the old and the disabled for further marginalization and impoverishment.

    1. Ah now lads…. Let’s find something nice to say about him. … a friend is typing a comment … thinks…. hmmmmm …. ….. …… I know…. he has better manners than Donald Trump….

  2. An IT headline this morning reads “Prejudice has no hold on this Republic”. The definition of prejudice is not limited to racial or sexual orientation (nor is it only in one direction e.g. white towards black, heterosexual towards gay etc)… I suppose, by definition, some of us could be accused of being prejudiced towards politicians 😉

    1. Yeah, mind you they give us plenty of reasons, they’re paid very well in this country and all they have to do to answer that predjudice is to give us the feeling they actually give a fuck every now and again

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