And so it begins.
No-one ever seriously doubted that Conservatives would challenge the Minimum Wage the minute they got into power.
Despite it being the most popular and effective policy introduced by Labour during their term in office, despite it ensuring a minimum level of security for everyone, we were all just waiting for this government to start trying to persuade us that it "constrained free markets" "held back business" or was simply "un-necessary regulation"
Even I didn't expect them to argue that sick or disabled people should work below minimum wage because they are "less productive" though. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/06/17/tory-mp-philip-davies-suggests-disabled-people-offer-to-work-for-below-minimum-wage-115875-23207976/ Whatever attempts Philip Davies MP (Con) makes to dress this up as actually being in the interests of disabled people themselves, he obviously can't see how sickeningly frightening his remarks are.
Of ALL the solutions to the problems of a fair wage, equality of employment and access to suitable jobs for sick or disabled people, paying people less simply to pander to the discrimination of employers is wrong in every way.
I've heard lot's of people say, "Oh, it's OK, the bill won't pass."
That it is even being given time in our Parliament fills me with dread.