Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan-Smith, photo Brian Minkoff - London PixelsSo the architect of the Tories War on the Disabled, a vile little man responsible for many deaths and imposed uncountable levels of misery on some of the weakest and most vulnerable members of society has resigned.

And in doing so has stuck the knife into the equally sociopathic Chancellor George Osborne and twisted it.

Both Tim Farron and Jeremy Corbyn are calling for Osborne’s resignation.

Iain Duncan-Smith is not trying to do an Albert Speer at Nuremberg, trying to shift the blame after it’s all gone down in flames. His action is a totally cynical move that has nothing to do with any new-found concern for the disabled. It’s all about the Europe referendum, and his ambitions for a high rank in the cabinet of the equally cynical Boris Johnson following a British exit from Europe.

The phoney war is over, and now, despite being in government, the Tories are in full-blown civil war, the consequence of David Cameron’s ill-judged and opportunistic decision to hold his referendum.

We live in interesting times. It’s a shame we don’t have an effective and electable opposition…

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6 Responses to Iain Duncan Smith

  1. I agree with everything except your last sentence…

  2. Michael says:

    I agree this resignation is timed for maximum damage to George Osborne, and therefore one must conclude that this is looking ahead to the cabinet formed by the next leader of the Conservative Party.

    I further agree that a parliament in which the only effective opposition comes from a party which has not being in that parliament as is primary objective does not reflect well on our democratic system.

    However, I do think you should supply some evidence before throwing accusations like those at anyone.

  3. Tim Hall says:

    @Michael

    Oh come on. If politicians don’t want to be compared with war criminals perhaps they avoid doing things that invite that comparison

    As for evidence, there’s plenty of it; it’s just that neither the Tory press or the BBC are reporting it.

    This piece published today mentions the story of David Clapson, whose death can be linked directly to IDS’s benefit sanctions.
    http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2016/03/shameful-and-shambolic-worst-iain-duncan-smith-s-welfare-legacy

    Or this:
    http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2013/11/07/comment-iain-duncan-smith-is-unfit-to-be-a-secretary-of-stat

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, and I’m glad those links are now in this chain.

    It seems to me that the DWP is trying to do too much at once. The move to Universal Credit is incredibly complicated and getting it right should not only be at the top of their agenda it should be the only thing on it.

    The tweaking of the DLA should have been postponed. However I note with pleasure that the reviews for the PIP scheme are on balance increasing payouts as, while some benefits are reduced, more are actually increased when it is found that the DLA payments were not generous enough.

    The whole benefits system has always been prone to abuse every since it was introduced and I don’t see how it can be eliminated. Of course we have to keep trying.

    IDS’s fitness for the role at the DWP may be dubious, but his point about cutting benefits at the same time as taxes on the rich is very telling. How many poor people pay Capital Gains Tax?

  5. Tim Hall says:

    You can’t undertake massive and complex reforms and try to make huge savings at the same time. Especially when the man in charge is both out of his depth and indifferent to the human cost.

    One chilling statistic comes from Network Rail. The number of suicides on railway lines had been climbing steadily over the past few years. While you cannot blame each and every one on IDS, you do start to wonder what human tragedies lie behind them.

  6. Michael says:

    Out of his depth? Perhaps. The same can be said for many MPs especially once they leave the back benches.

    Indifferent? Much more difficult to prove.

    Before you lay in to the DWP over the number of suicides, look to the Department of Health and their funding of mental health care.

    Mind you, having valued work is very important to mental health. The Chancellor could help here by cutting Employers’ National Insurance contributions in preference to Corporation Tax.