Please take a look at this excellent post by Edinburgh Eye, which exposes Iain Duncan Smith’s singular lack of qualification for.. well, anything, really.
This is the man who is the ‘architect’ of the benefit cuts that are hammering vulnerable people all over the country since Monday. Personally, I wouldn’t let him design me a garden shed. Mr Duncan Smith claims he could live on £53 a week ‘if I had to’, but who has poured scorn on a petition signed by many thousands of people, calling him to live on that sum for a year to find out what he’s inflicting on others.
I think he’s a bit overpriced at £53 a week, mind..
A universal welfare state is the essential bedrock of a civilised country. A civilised country ensures that no one goes without healthcare because they can’t afford it, no one is treated as if worthless because they cannot work, and that anyone who loses their job needn’t fear destitution for themselves or for their family if they don’t find another job instantly. A civilised country ensures that no one needs to work when they are too young or too old or too disabled or too ill. This is not a system that can be replaced by random acts of charity: to become civilised, we pay taxes and national insurance and we all benefit.
Iain Duncan Smith became Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in May 2010 – a role he has held ever since, despite efforts by David Cameron to unseat him in the 2012 reshuffle. He has
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