Lord Freud was recorded at a Conservative Party conference fringe meeting telling a Conservative councillor:
You make a really good point about the disabled... There is a group – and I know exactly who you mean – where actually, as you say, they're not worth the full wage and actually I'm going to go and think about that particular issue, whether there is something we can do nationally, and without distorting the whole thing, which actually if someone wants to work for £2 an hour, and it's working can we actually...UKIP has said many times in the past that the minimum wage costs jobs and takes away the individual freedom to choose what wage you are prepared to work for but there's a world of difference between giving people the choice whether or not they want to work for peanuts and targeting disabled people by abolishing the minimum wage just for them.
Disabled people can and do work just as well as able-bodied people and to suggest that they should be paid £2 an hour just because they have a disability is degrading and discriminatory. It's frankly astounding that David Cameron has allowed Lord Freud to keep his job after demonstrating a complete lack of empathy and understanding of the job that he's supposed to be doing.