As Keith Olbermann would say: The Worst Person in the World
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It’s difficult to find a way of describing how repulsed I am by Iain Duncan Smith, as regular readers may have noticed.
Maybe I’ve mentioned it a few times.
But even for Duncan Smith, in yesterday’s debate on food banks, a new low was reached.
He attended the debate for a short while, smirking and smiling as MPs told stories of misery, poverty and deprivation in their constituencies. He didn’t speak or answer any questions, leaving that to his almost equally repulsive assistant Esther McVey.
McVey reckoned that it was a good thing that people were using food banks: all pulling together to feed the poor. I wonder how we could make things even better in her world… Halve the minimum wage and watch more people have to beg for food or starve? Cut the retirement pension by 25% and watch even more old people freeze to death?
The Mirror reckons that they both wrote their political obituaries yesterday, but frankly I doubt it.
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This stuff is popular. The Tory back benches lapped it up, laughing and cheering at the stories of misery, although there were a couple of exceptions.
Iain Duncan Smith is a failure and a liar. He has failed at everything he has done. He has lied about his qualification and training; lied about his expenses; lied about his wife working for him at our expense; lied about coercion used to get his admin assistant to testify for him.
I can't begin to remember the number of things he has lied about. He seems to be almost compulsive in his lying. He opens his mouth and another lie comes out.
He failed dismally as Tory party leader, being replaced even before he managed to lose an election, and being replaced by a man who even his own side thought had “something of the night about him”, and who also lost an election. That is failure with a capital F.
His stewardship of the DWP has been marked by a series of catastrophic decisions. Whilst undoubtedly his own party don’t give a damn about poor people going hungry and cold, or being told they are fit for work while they are in comas, surely they will be bothered by the disastrous way he has wasted money on his Universal Credit scheme… millions being thrown away on computer systems that are not fit for purpose.
Cameron wanted to move him at the last but one reshuffle, but he refused to go, suggesting that either he has a big following in the party, or that he knows something about Cameron that Cameron desperately wants to keep quiet.
If that is the case then I imagine we will find out in the end, because IDS is hardly what anyone would call a man of honour. Actually I’d hardly call him a man.
To add insult to injury his department has refused the offer on money from the EU for food aid for the starving:
Earlier this week UK officials declined an offer from Brussels for a donation from the European Union’s billion-dollar aid fund. The money would have been channelled into financing food banks.
“Measures of this type are better and more efficiently delivered by individual member states through their own social programs, and their regional and local authorities, who are best placed to identify and meet the needs of deprived people in their countries and communities,” the Department of Work and Pensions said in a statement leaked to The Guardian.
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The UK government maintained that such aid would be better administered by Britain itself. Which would be fine, except the government isn’t administering them. It’s us, members of the public, shops, stores, banks, offices… Everywhere you go there are collections of food for the starving and toys for kids who will get nothing for Christmas.
The overarching sadness of this misery caused by Iain Duncan Smith is wearing people down.
And then because they want to maintain the image of a G8 nation, they refuse £22 million of aid and steal food from starving kids’ mouths.
It truly is impossible to find the right word to describe what I feel about this Smith character and his odious department. But in a government of revolting people, he stands out, head and shoulders above the rest.
I just hope one day he gets what’s coming to him.