Iain Duncan Smith blames 9/11 attacks for helping ruin his career as Tory leader

Leadership flop Iain Duncan Smith has blamed the 9/11 atrocities for his failed bid to be Prime Minister.

The top Tory made the claim as he launched an extraordinary attack on Tony Blair – saying he ‘milked’ the situation for all it was worth.

More than 100 Tory activists applauded Mr Duncan Smith’s comments at a packed fringe meeting at their party conference.

Fresh from a speech celebrating welfare cuts , he claimed Mr Blair’s focus on foreign policy contributed to his failure to get a foothold as party chief in 2001.

“The day before I got elected the twin towers were struck,” he told the crowd last night.

“So first of all we got no lift on my announcement. It had to be buried the following day, hardly anybody was paying attention.”

Mr Duncan Smith lost a no confidence vote just two years after becoming leader and was replaced by Michael Howard.

Source: Iain Duncan Smith blames 9/11 attacks for helping ruin his career as Tory leader – Mirror Online

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21 thoughts on “Iain Duncan Smith blames 9/11 attacks for helping ruin his career as Tory leader

  1. lanzalaco

    thats just crazy as the more he comes out with sounds like some type of personality disorder. I think there has to be more context, such as a link to the transcript of his speech. or is this some type of conservative party tradition for ex-leaders to state a bit about their history.

  2. NMac

    Clearly Duncan-Smith has conveniently forgotten all about the “Betsygate” affair, where he “manufactured a fictitious job for his millionaire wife and claimed additional expenses for a job that didn’t exist. Without doubt this man should have been fully investigated by the Fraud Squad, and both he and his millionaire wife put before the Courts.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      As it was, wasn’t he cleared over Betsygate? If so, you shouldn’t really be mentioning it.

      1. NMac

        The matter was only “investigated” by the so-called parliamentary committee on standards & privileges and an Tory Party internal inquiry. It should have been thoroughly investigated by the Fraud Squad.

  3. marcusdemowbray

    “Projection” is sometimes an indicator of mental and/or emotional disorder, and this seems to be a clear case of projecting his failure onto someone or something else, rather than accepting his own incompetence as a manager. Oddly it is someone whose influence has long since become irrelevant!

    No offence intended to people with mental/emotional problems, just this one particular diseased tyrant, Herr Dumkopf-Schmitt.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Yes indeed, according to They Work For You:
      “Iain Duncan Smith consistently voted for the Iraq war
      “TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.
      “Key votes about the Iraq war:
      “On 18 Mar 2003:
      “Iain Duncan Smith voted against saying that the case for war against Iraq has not yet been established, Show full debate
      “On 18 Mar 2003:
      “Iain Duncan Smith voted that the Government should use all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction leading to the UK joining the US invasion of Iraq two days later.”

  4. Bumblebee.zzzz

    “So first of all we got no lift on my announcement. It had to be buried the following day, hardly anybody was paying attention.” Oh well George Smith your’e getting bloody loads now..but All for the wrong reasons tut tut tut, the lives you have destroyed the people who have died as a direct result of your policys!!! torie filth!!

  5. Michael Broadhurst

    everythings always somebody else’s fault but his own.vile,odious,lying,murdering scum
    of a man.

  6. marcusdemowbray

    Thanks Mike, I thought it was fairly soon. The fact that they are promising more cuts and changes, and that CaMoron was speechifying about an END to poverty could be of interest to UN!

  7. mrmarcpc

    He will blame anything but himself won’t he, he is a joke of a man, the reason he failed as tory leader was because he is absolutely bloody useless and couldn’t lead a band procession, let alone a party or a country, everyone knew he was a joke back then but yet people have backed him in his current position, have they short memories or are just thick f**kers as per usual!

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