Iain Duncan Smith and Ian Hislop. Asked whether he tried to comfort Duncan Smith, Hislop said: ‘No, I just watched him cry’ [Image: Wingspan Productions Ltd].

Iain Duncan Smith and Ian Hislop. Asked whether he tried to comfort Duncan Smith, Hislop said: ‘No, I just watched him cry’ [Image: Wingspan Productions Ltd].

What follows might seem plausible, considering the former Work and Pensions secretary’s apparent change of heart over the Conservative Government’s attitude to people on benefits. But there are several reasons it isn’t:

The interview took place several months ago, when the Gentleman Ranker was still gleefully kicking away every prop available for the unemployed, the sick and the disabled. He never questioned Conservative Government policy, and often defended it to the best of his (meagre) ability – right up until George Osborne’s disastrous Budget speech of March 16 this year.

We know that this man laughed when it was revealed in the House of Commons that his Bedroom Tax was being used to evict a rape victim from the home in which a special ‘panic room’ had been created for her in case she was ever attacked again. Here’s the photographic evidence:

He laughed: Remember, IDS laughed at the terror he was causing a rape victim by using the Bedroom Tax to make it to expensive for her to keep a 'panic room'. The man thrives on terrorising others.

He laughed: Remember, IDS laughed at the terror he was causing a rape victim by using the Bedroom Tax to make it to expensive for her to keep a ‘panic room’. The man thrives on terrorising others.

And then we have celebrated blogger Jack Monroe’s personal account of his behaviour, tweeted late yesterday after the Guardian article (quoted below) was published.

She wrote: “Could almost believe the IDS tears – if I hadn’t sat behind him LAUGHING thru personal testimonies at Parliamentary inquiry, including mine.

“IDS was actually laughing with the man sitting next to him as people and charities talked about the real human impact of cuts and changes.

“I remember it very well. I was clutching my pen so hard it snapped, eventually walked out. Was with campaigners against disability cuts etc.”

If you watch Ian Hislop’s documentary, bear the above in mind during the segment in which Duncan Smith cries his crocodile tears.

As for Mr Hislop himself, it seems his decision to have “just watched him cry” was well-judged.

Iain Duncan Smith broke down and wept about the plight of a single mother during a television interview months before he quit as work and pensions minister, according to Private Eye editor, Ian Hislop.

Hislop said Duncan Smith started to cry while being filmed last December for a documentary on Victorian attitudes to poverty. “It was a curious thing,” he told the Radio Times. “IDS actually broke down. He wept in front of me. It was a very extraordinary moment.”

Duncan Smith presided over sharp cuts to the welfare budget during his six years in charge of the department before dramatically quitting in March over what he described as the deeply unfair impact of George Osborne’s policies on some of the most vulnerable members of society.

In the programme, to be aired this Thursday, Duncan Smith’s voice quivers and his eyes fill with tears when he talks about meeting a 19-year-old single mother who had given up hope of work. Saying that she reminded him of his daughter, he says: “I’m sorry I’m quite emotional about these … 19-years-old … My aspiration for my daughter was boundless. And here I’m sitting with a 19-year-old girl who had written off her life and had no aspiration and no self-worth. She was a product of a system.”

Source: Iain Duncan Smith ‘wept about plight of single mother’ in TV interview | Politics | The Guardian

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