Creator of cruel and unfit system tries to hit back at Labour’s plan to end it – and receives a schooling
Former DWP Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is the creator of the Universal Credit system that has been widely and hugely criticised for its unnecessary cruelty and its complete unfitness for purpose.
So it was hardly surprising that he took exception to Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that the next Labour government will scrap the system entirely and end its blight on the lives of this country’s most vulnerable.
But Smith made the usual Tory mistake of ‘forgetting’ who he is and which party he belongs to, when he tweeted his condemnation of the ‘cynical’ Labour announcement and a link to a dire article he’d written for a right-wing rag claiming it would be ‘disastrous’:
Corbyn’s retort was a masterly lesson in put-downs:
While Smith’s tweet garnered more than three times the number of responses as it did retweets – considered a sign of a badly-received tweet – Corbyn’s ‘ownage’ of the desperate former tormenter-in-chief has been shared almost five thousand times – and received triple that in ‘likes’.
Smith’s system is the backbone of what UN Special Envoy Philip Alston has described as designed and pointless cruelty that punishes the vulnerable. Smith’s regurgitation of the tired Tory claim that work under their system is ‘the best route out of poverty’ is a sick joke when – as Corbyn pointed out in his speech announcing Labour’s plan – many of those forced to resort to foodbanks by the cruelty of Tory policies are already in work.
Corbyn’s owning of Smith is amusing as an illustration of Corbyn’s and Labour’s natural superiority on social media – and morally.
But as a condemnation of stubborn and self-serving Tory callousness in a context 150,000 or more deaths connected to those policies, it is anything but a laughing matter.
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