What follows is from today’s entry in Another Angry Voice, a blog that all of you should be reading along with Vox Political. This analysis of Iain Duncan Smith, after he tried to compare himself with William Wilberforce, the great 19th century anti-slavery campaigner. It is terrific that others are writing about how laughable the man we call RTU has become; I may even find myself relying on what follows as evidence in my forthcoming Freedom of Information tribunal hearing on IB/ESA claimant mortality. Here’s what the Angry Yorkshireman has to say:
Iain Duncan Smith has once again demonstrated how out of touch with reality he is. In an absurdly self-congratulatory speech he compared his “welfare reforms” (which are hopelessly inefficient, economically illiterate, dishonest, unlawful, discriminatory, fraud riddled, punitive, target driven, wasteful, incompetently administered and compassionless) with the abolitionist movement of the 19th Century.
Given that one of Iain Duncan Smith’s favourite welfare policies involves compelling tens of thousands of people (under threat of absolute destitution) to rescind their labour rights and work for free for his corporate mates, it is perhaps possible to believe that Iain Duncan Smith is simply engaging in a spot of “trolling”. However, in my view he isn’t comparing himself to great abolitionists like William Wilberforce and Anthony Ashley-Cooper as some kind of sneering juvenile wind-up, he is clearly delusional enough to actually believe the appalling nonsense that he spouts.
I don’t normally go in for psychological analysis, but Iain Duncan Smith makes an absolutely fascinating case because he is such an unbelievable narcissist. In Iain Duncan Smith’s worldview, he is some kind of infallible superhero and anyone that dares point out his appalling mistakes (which are far too innumerable to count) is to be instantly dismissed as “the enemy”.
For the rest, visit Another Angry Voice here.
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