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Labour’s work and pensions secretary Peter Hain vows to “rip up sicknote Britain.”

What: Peter Hain says that Incapacity Benefits have “embedded the sick-note into the British economy. We must rip up sick-note Britain.”

Why significant: Rhetoric like this was to become increasingly common over the next few years, under both the Labour and coalition governments, in building consent for punitive policies.


'Incapacity Benefit set for axe', Mirror, 2007