Update: The cuts in criminal injuries compensation came will come into force on Tuesday November 27. You know which MPs to blame by logging on to the link below.
Labour’s attempt to block these horrendous cuts being imposed by Chris Grayling and Helen Grant was defeated on Wednesday November 7 by 289 votes to 209 – with Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs rushing into the lobbies to support the cuts. A new passionate supporter of the cuts emerged – former prisons minister Crispin Blunt – who admitted the cuts were being made so victims of crime pay their share of the deficit. And he claimed David Cameron supported this move.
Helen Grant defended the removal of compensation to children and adults attacked by illegal breed dogs and dogs owners could not control them – by saying motorists did not have to compensate people they accidently ran over. Other speakers who backed the change included David Burrowes, Conservative MP for Enflield, southgate and Nick de Bois, Conservative MP for Enflield, North.
See full list of MPs who blocked Labour ‘s opposition here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121107/debtext/121107-0004.htm
One of the most despicable decisions coalition was taken last week in Parliament. But you won’t have read it in the papers.
Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, and chief advocate of the law and order brigade of the Tory Party decided that muggers, rioters , thugs, burglars,and thieves who maim their victims can now safely do this in the knowledge that the injured person won’t get a penny of compensation from the state. And many more seriously injured people will get their compensation cut.
And just to make sure the victims really squirm – if their injuries mean they can’t go to work for more than six months they won’t get their loss of earnings made up by the state – they’ll have to live on a minimal state benefit of £85.85 a week. Those victims who have not been in full time work for three years will be considered shirkers and won’t get a penny. And if the NHS can’t give you any counselling, forget it, you’ll have to pay privately, Grayling has withdrawn any payments to private providers.
This wonderful new version of compassionate Conservatism is brill news for the criminal classes and bad news for victims. For while rightly he is making criminals contribute to the taxpayer funded compensation scheme – some of the injuries innocent members of the public suffer at the hands of muggers won’t qualify for compensation.
Let me spell it out in graphic terms. If a thug breaks your jaw or fingers , cuts off one of your toes,burns your hand with a cigarette, breaks your ribs,impairs your speech, you’ll no longer get any compensation. Mr Grayling in a private letter to Tory MPs defends such damage as ” emotional” and not worth any compensation.
If your assailant causes some permanent brain damage , punctures your lungs, smashes your elbow or knee ,Mr Grayling thinks your compensation should be cut by up to 60 per cent. A mugger has to rape you and permanently reduce you to a paraplegic state for life for you get the full compensation.Even that has its qualifications. Don’t believe me – see the list at http://bit.ly/RKvxPX
If you can’t control your dog or have an illegal breed and it attacks a child or a postman the injured person can’t claim any state compensation either. These payments are described as ” anomolous ” by Mr Grayling. This comes at a time when another ministry, Defra, is trying to tighten up the law on dangerous dogs. And all because Grayling is worried that the criminal injuries compensation scheme is costing too much and he must save £4m a month. The changes are fully debated in an excellent House of Commons research paper – see http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06451.
But there something even worse about this sick decision which shows why Grayling is on par with the criminals he says he loathes.
Rather than openly get this debated in the House of Commons – which you might expect given the consequences for the general public – he chose to get it through Parliament by using an obscure regulatory committee – with the result that not a single lobby correspondent noticed it was happening.
This is the equivalent of a mugger or rapist using a dark alleyway to ply their trade -knowing if it was done in broad daylight many more people will notice. But he is even worse than that. When this was last debated a number of loyal Tory MPs, notably ex-minister, John Redwood, and Angie Bray refused to support it – they have been silenced by their removal from the committee scrutinising it.
Like any common gangster he recruited loyal gang members – people desperate to get promoted into ministerial jobs – to do his dirty work. He wasn’t even there when the deed was done.
Instead he used his deputy Helen Grant, like a gangster’s moll, to push through the changes last Thursday with the help of a Tory whip, four parliamentary private secretaries to Tory and Liberal Democrat ministers, a Tory Party vice chairman and a wimpish president of the Liberal Democrats.
Indeed so incensed am I about this that I am going to list all their e-mail addresses in the hope that they get a verbal mugging. I don’t believe in physical violence- but they deserve a stern magisterial dressing down for mugging the British public. (see e-mails at end)
They guilty gang are: Helen Grant (Conservative Justice Minister, Maidstone & Weald); Rebecca Harris (Conservative, Castle Point); John Howell (Conservative, Henley, PPS to Andrew Lansley); Jessica Lee (Conservative, Erewash, PPS to Dominic Grieve); Tessa Munt (Liberal Democrat, Wells, PPS to Vince Cable); Bob Neill (Conservative Party Vice-Chairman & new member of Justice Committee, Bromley & Chislehurst); and Lee Scott (Conservative, Ilford North, PPS to Chris Grayling) Michael Ellis (Conservative, Northampton North); David Evennett (Conservative, Bexleyheath & Crayford, Government Whip);
The hapless wimpo Liberal Democrat who stood by at the scene of the crime is Tim Farron (President of the Liberal Democrats,Westmorland & Lonsdale) .
Labour members to their credit, led by Rob Flello, Labour’s justice minister, opposed the move and those against it included David Blunkett, the former home secretary.
Of course Mr Grayling won’t be worried personally by any changes – his work routine avoids meeting any potential muggers outside the House – and he has a government provided chauffeur driven car to take him from his large well guarded detached home in Ashstead, Surrey to London.
The email addresses are: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org ,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com, david.evennett.mp @parliament.uk.
And the abstaining Lib Dem is firstname.lastname@example.org .
But perhaps you should complain direct to Chris Grayling. His e-mail is email@example.com.