Well, I'm awfully sorry, I did always say the welfare reform bill was very, very, long and very very complicated.
We did our very best to make sure we'd noticed all of the evil, opposed all the of the disgusting nasties. We pored over plans to send cancer patients to the jobcentre and leave disabled children to starve. They tried to make profoundly disabled adults prisoners in their own care homes, but we noticed that and got it dropped. When they tried to "re-classify" paraplegics as "fully mobile" because they have wheelchairs, we screamed about it - they dropped that too.
We made quite a noise about socially cleansing all of the poor people out of London and evicting pensioners and foster parents for daring to have a spare room. As for letting the Government decide how long you are able to be unwell, we made a dreadfully big fuss over that, but sadly, they remained convinced that their DWP magic wands would make 1 year enough.
Well, it turns out, we missed the "Eternal slavery for sick and disabled people" Clause. (Clause 54) You know, it was busy, we had a lot on our plate, we had to keep taking naps. It was obvious we would miss something - possibly enforced euthanasia for puppies or the National rollout of a new eugencis programme, so in a way, it's a relief it's only eternal slavery. At least if we're lucky "Masser" might let us have a drink now and then, a bit of nice balm for the chaffing of the chains.
The satire urge is just too strong for me, so @latentexistence has done an excellent job of telling everyone what this actually means here : http://www.latentexistence.me.uk/government-taps-sick-and-disabled-people-as-source-of-free-labour/#comments
The Guardian broke the story here : http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/16/disabled-unpaid-work-benefit-cuts
And updated it here : http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2012/feb/17/disabled-unpaid-work-benefit-cuts-documents
Basically if you are sick or disabled and an assessment has found that you may be capable of some work at some point in the future, with the right support, you can now be forced to take part in the Government's "Workfare" scheme, working for free to make more profit for Tesco and Asda and Poundland! Yay! With Lupus or Schizophrenia or Leukaemia or waiting for a kidney transplant or.... well anything really. You're probably exempt with less than 6 months to live, but only if you can be sure it's not a day over 6 months.
On top of this, although unemployed healthy people can be forced to take part for 8 weeks only; lazy, feckless cancer, MS and Parkinson's patients can be forced to work forever. For free.
Now, it's OK cos as with every last detail of the bill we opposed their answer is "But we wouldn't really do that, it's "just in case". We only want to the power to force sick and disabled people into eternal slavery for a rainy day! Of course we'd never make someone work forever for nothing!! Now off you go (pat on head) and trust us.........
**The satire is too strong. Even the Guardian cartoon today is about this : http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cartoon/2012/feb/18/martin-rowson-welfare-disability-cuts-cartoon?CMP=twt_gu