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The law of unintended consequences states that an intervention in a complex system always creates unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes. Nowhere is this more true than when politicians get down and dirty in the benefits system.

To recap, the government intends to cut a number of benefits to disabled people and to put disabled people through various measures intended to clarify whether they are fit for work. If they are deemed fit, to work they must go.…

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