Of course, to the Coalition, anything that criticises the government is “unacceptable intimidation”, in the same way that anything that supports the government’s policies has total factual accuracy because Iain Duncan Smith firmly believes it to be true.
Byteback are to be commended for what they have done, and should be held up as an example to other Workfare participants.
As pointed out by @refuted, the Treasury’s claim that a recent anti-workfare social media storm was “unacceptable intimidation” comes just days after an Upper Tribunal judge endorsed this kind of criticism as “legitimate political expression”.
The comments came after news broke that Bristol IT company Byteback had pulled out of workfare a week after being visited by George Osborne to sing the praises of the scheme. Hundreds of people had contacted Byteback on social media expressing dismay at their involvement in forced work after some fierce questioning from @andygale on twitter caused them to refer to their unpaid workers as ’employees of the state’.
Shortly after this bombardment, and in a huge embarrassment for Osborne, Byteback apologised for their involvement in his grubby scheme and promised “no more involvement ever with workfare”.
This prompted a tantrum from the Treasury who took to the national press to complain of…
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