The title of this blog isn’t a joke. This was the impression Edwina Currie was trying to give me when I complained that the rise in employment figures, trumpeted by this government today as a deflection from its other problems, was masking the numbers of people on zero hours contracts or fake self-employment.
I took a screengrab of her Tweet in case she was thinking of deleting it.
She’s on low pay and she receives benefits? I doubt that. As the poster below remarks, she receives a generous final salary pension to which all former MPs are entitled. Although she may not be, in her words “filthy rich”, she has the kind of income that many pensioners can only dream of. Her appearance on I’m A Celebrity netted her a cool £100,000. As for her appearances on the BBC, let’s put it this way: she won’t be earning peanuts. Currie and her second husband also own two (possibly more) properties.
I’d be very interested in what benefits she’s receiving. One thing is for certain, it isn’t Universal Credit.
Maybe she thought I wasn’t old enough to remember the ‘salmonella in eggs‘ story or her four year affair with John Major. Whatever the case, Ms Currie is playing fast and loose with the facts. Plus ça change, plus la même chose.
If Currie thinks her pension isn’t enough for her to live on, maybe she could get a job at her local supermarket? Just a thought.
Savile pictured with Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe and Frank Bruno at Broadmoor Hospital
For me there is one nagging question about the whole Savile business. Why was Savile, who had no healthcare qualifications (he appears to have left school without any qualifications), allowed to chair a task force to take over Broadmoor Hospital? It simply doesn’t make sense. Yet whenever Edwina Currie, the health minister under Thatcher, is interviewed on television, she dances around the issue. Surely Currie should take some of the responsibility for allowing Savile to practically take over the running of Broadmoor, which not only contains some of Britain’s most dangerous psychiatric inmates but many vulnerable patients too.
Currie claims to have been “hoodwinked” and says that she has “nothing to hide”. But people without suitable qualifications or expertise should not be given such sensitive roles. Currie made a colossal error of judgement and it would seem that she wasn’t the only one. Indeed, as we all know, Savile spent 11 Christmases at Chequers with Thatcher. He supported the Tory Party and thus became part of the machinery of political power. The reports, which were published yesterday claim that there was no clear evidence that Savile was involved in a high level paedophile ring. But given the litany of cover ups surrounding this case, I have my doubts.
The above photograph tells an interesting story. It suggests a strong link between Savile and Broadmoor’s most infamous resident, Peter Sutcliffe. Savile was questioned by detectives investigating the Yorkshire Ripper killings. Sutcliffe has also claimed that Savile was “innocent” of any crimes. But let’s not get carried away, Savile was not the Yorkshire Ripper but his closeness to Sutcliffe is disturbing to say the least. Did Savile do any favours for Sutcliffe? It’s an interesting question. No?