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Why Lord Freud should resign

The minister's comments about disabled people not being "worth" the minimum wage show a lack of understanding of the true value of labour

By Lucy Webster  

“Lord Freud should resign. In suggesting that disabled people are “not worth” the minimum wage, he has shown an apparent lack of understanding which does not befit his role as welfare minister. And if he doesn’t go quietly, he should be pushed.”

A law on the minimum wage is a law like any other; we cannot pick and choose who they apply to. In suggesting that we can, Lord Freud is creating a slippery slope towards legally sanctioned discrimination of all kinds—reverting to a time we had all thought firmly in the past. Anyone with an interest in equality and…

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