It’s true: Iain Duncan Smith has told falsehoods in order to smooth the way for his cuts to the benefit system which have taken money away from people who need it. We should not be surprised that he rewards corruption in other members of his team.

Let’s join the dots:

An MP leaked a confidential report about payday loans to a payday loan company, allowing the firm to suggest changes.

That MP is now minister for people with disabilities at the Department for Work and Pensions.

People with disabilities are more likely to take payday loans than those without them (probably due to Iain Duncan Smith’s brutality against the disabled).

There is a clear conflict of interest here. Justin Tomlinson should be sacked from his ministerial position at once, and consideration should be given to suspending him from Parliament.

But Iain Duncan Smith won’t do it because he has “full confidence” in this man.

The only conclusion possible is that Iain Duncan Smith rewards corruption.


A Conservative MP leaked a confidential report about regulating payday loans to Wonga, it has emerged.

Justin Tomlinson, who served on the Public Accounts Committee in 2013 before he was made a minister, sent a draft of the report to an employee of Wonga, who replied and suggested changes to it.

The report, released in May 2013, called for beefed up regulation of payday loan companies, including Wonga.

PAC chair Margaret Hodge at the time accused part of the payday loans industry of “disgraceful practices” and said existing rules had been ineffective.

BBC News reports that Mr Tomlinson, who is now disabilities minister at the Department for Work and Pensions, has the full confidence of Iain Duncan Smith and will not be sacked.

Research by the charity Scope has found that people with disabilities are significantly more likely to turn to payday loans than people without them.

Source: Tory disabilities minister leaked confidential report on payday loan regulation to Wonga | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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