I think the problem is that it reads like he is scapegoating disabled people, it is bound to to some people in the context of the truly appalling way that the Tories have treated thousands of disabled people since 2010. I’m sure that I don’t need to elaborate on the disgraceful benefits reassessments that have caused significant harm to the disabled community, because you’re very tuned in to current affairs. If you treat thousands of disabled people with contempt and disdain then of course people are going to have a problem with comments in which you in part blame disabled people for a lack of productivity in our economy, because the comments will appear to fit in with a pattern of treating disabled people like shit.
I wasn’t hugely bothered by these comments, if it’s accurate then there’s not much wrong with saying it, what bothers me more is that they are seemingly unable to offer any sort of evidence to actually back up the claims. They have been asked to in parliament and have nothing to offer. If the comments have no basis in reality then it is a problem, and he should answer for it.