Following up on the revelation that Iain Duncan Smith laughed at the fact that a rape victim is being charged Bedroom Tax on the panic room in her house, DWP victim Peter Styles had this to say, on his own blog:
IDS cannot possibly know what it’s like to deal with the real consequences of his draconian reforms. He hasn’t experienced putting by more than half your Job Seeker’s Allowance every month so you can subsidise the £200-odd shortfall in Housing Benefit. Mr Duncan-Smith has never had to live on half the paltry sum the government deems necessary to keep life together. He has never experienced being limited to Aldi for buying food or Wetherspoons as the only vaguely affordable social setting – I seriously doubt if he has ever been in a branch of either.
It remains to be seen if IDS has seen the 60 secret dossiers investigating benefit-related deaths. If indeed he has read any of them we do not know what passed through his mind or his emotional state whilst reading them.
I seriously doubt IDS has any interest in the situation faced by those trying to help those who help those sanctioned. The Brighton Unemployed Centre is facing closure at present, but highly skilled and professional volunteers are struggling amid uncertainty and low morale.
It’s hard to see that he has empathy about anything much – apart from the ability to laugh at rape victims. Indeed, the most traumatic thing IDS has ever experienced is when in 2003 his own MPs passed a motion of no confidence in the leadership of the party and was forced to resign.
Here’s a dissection of his abilities by ‘colleague’ Michael Portillo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0Ip7ajMoZU.
“I resigned from the Conservative Party when Iain Duncan-Smith, probably the lamentable choice of leader for any political party in living memory became leader” David Mellor
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