Iain Duncan Smith has not grown a conscience

I’m actually too annoyed to write properly. Basically everyone is saying things like, “IDS grows a conscience” or “When your budget is too immoral for IDS..”, and the thing is, he hasn’t grown a conscience, he doesn’t think the cuts were immoral, and he’s said so clearly in that resignation letter.

Here’s the letter with highlights by me.

In case the highlights don’t make it clear enough.

“I am incredibly proud of the welfare reforms that the Government has delivered over the last five years.”

“You are aware that I believe the cuts would have been even fairer to younger families and people of working age if we had been willing to reduce some of the benefits given to better-off pensioners”

So, he wanted more cuts.

“they are not defensible in the way they were placed within a Budget that benefits higher earning taxpayers. They should have instead been part of a wider process to engage others in finding the best way to better focus resources on those most in need.”

And the cuts that were made were fine by him, just the context of them looked bad.

But there’s more.

So he’s jumping ship before the stuff he’s been trying to keep hidden gets revealed.

Oh yes, and then there’s this.


And of course there’s this.

So yeah, can we stop pretending the man has developed a conscience please?



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