Why has Betsy Duncan Smith started talking about her cancer – no less than six years after her diagnosis?

Can it be yet another cynical attempt by the Tories to manufacture sympathy among the lower classes – “Oh, look, they’re human too.”

Mrs Duncan Smith is the daughter of  the 5th Baron Cottesloe. She’s married to Iain Duncan Smith, and they live rent-free in a country house belonging to her father’s estate in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire, at a time when people are being pushed into debt to pay for social housing that he says has too many rooms for them, despite having had no alternative option. Humanity has nothing to do with them.

Both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph are carrying sickeningly sychophantic stories about Mrs DS’s struggle with cancer – a disease for which the National Health Service in England, under the control of her husband’s Conservative Party, has cut no less than 25 treatments in this last few days.

This suggests a strategy by leading Conservatives similar to that carried out with Tory leader David Cameron’s late son Ivan; his disability was used as a shield against justified claims that Duncan Smith was attacking the disabled; his policies killing them off by the thousands.

Are we really stupid enough to be taken in by this transparent duplicity?

According to her husband, she would have been fit for work throughout her treatment.

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