The Tory Hypocrisy of IDS and Miller

I’m sure I’m not the only one to feel absolutely sickened by the Maria Miller saga, and I’m not going to go over rigmarole here; what I do want to consider is one element of the fallout, the hypocrisy of our old favourite Iain Duncan Smith!

Today the BBC reports on IDS telling Andrew Marr that Parliament should do whatever it takes” to stop rows over their expenses “eating away at the credibility of Parliament“; how dare Mr Smith who has stood before his peers and repeatedly lied, preach on eroding the ‘credibility of parliament’?

This is particularly ignoble coming on the same day as IDS announces the people found to be claiming benefits they are not entitled to will face “higher fines and losing their homes“; now I’m not suggesting in any way it is OK to cheat but…how is this different to a MP making false claims?

Currently Ms Miller is not only being allowed to keep the vast majority of money gained from her ‘mistake’, IDS champions her, claiming the media interest to be a ‘witch hunt‘; and yet under his new campaign IDS blame benefit claimants for an increase last year from £3.3 billion to £3.5 in money “lost to fraud and payments made in error“.

Given the extensive range of problems with the whole range of changes made under Welfare Reform from the record number of sanctions to ATOS ‘quitting‘ and DWP staff needing to help Capita catch up on outstanding claims for PIP;  I propose it is not unreasonable to surmise that much of this increase is down to payments being made in error? Obviously this is something IDS disagrees with, instead he is happy to decree that any and all such increases, are a result of home owners making fraudulent claims for welfare.

It is the sheer Hypocrisy of this situation I find totally untenable, IDS, Cameron and Co evidently refuse to believe a Tory Politician would lie or cheat; well in case they need a reminder I suggest they ask Lord Hannigfield, Lord TaylorJonathan Aitken or Jeffrey Archer if they’re correct!

 

 

 

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23 thoughts on “The Tory Hypocrisy of IDS and Miller

  1. No, you’re very much not alone. I’m waiting for someone to outright ask what difference Cameron, IDS, Shapps or any of Miller’s supporters see in her offences (apart from the fact that she clearly has no real need to tempt her to cheat).

    I’m also waiting for someone to call out those MPs who are calling for her resignation, by asking why they’re more offended by the damage she’s doing to their futures than they are by her being a benefit cheat.

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  2. How comes its a rule for them to be allowed to make a mistake and not even get a fine yet hard up ordinary people who may make a genuine mistake and get not only a fine, may be imprisoned or lose their home surely this is so WRONG!!!!!!!!

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  3. I’m not sure if IDS actually knows what the heck is going on (or what day of the week it is) most of the time. With my hand on my heart I truly believe that the duffer has several screws loose and seems, at best, to have a very loose grip on reality. Iain Duncan Smith’s reign at the DWP has killed tens, even hundreds of times more people – particularly sick and disabled people – in his homeland than the Taliban killed solders in Afghanistan and he still blusters sentimentally about his “mission” to “redeem” people “abandoned” by the “system” and “get them into work”. His regime of sanctions and misery is in his mind I suppose a case of being cruel to be kind – “tough love” the Americans miscall it I believe.

    This is one very unintelligent, limited, driven individual with neither the intellect or heart to understand let alone reform Britain’s social security. You couldn’t have a worse person at the DWP. This behaviour has been, is and looks like continuing being a national tragedy for the foreseeable future. Even under Labour I’m afraid. The people demand bread and circuses before they elect a government these days, or so it seems to me.

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