Ian Duncan Smith Whines about Being Blamed for Fitness for Work Tests Deaths | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

This Blog is far from the only one to take umbrage at Iain Duncan Smith’s attempt to excuse himself from criticism for the “outrageous action” of his Department for Work and Pensions.

Here’s Beastrabban on the Gentleman Ranker’s excuse that the work capability assessment was a New Labour invention, and on the false claims that got David Cameron into office and were swiftly ditched immediately thereafter:

It seems that the Minister in Charge of Chequebook Genocide was also miffed at being criticised for the failings of the DWP, when the fitness for work test was introduced by New Labour. He wailed that it wasn’t fair for them to escape criticism while he gets the blame.

I’ve no sympathy for this argument. Yes, it was introduced by Bliar and New Labour. And the critics of the welfare-to-work industry heartily despise them for it as a well. Just read through some of the blogs, and the articles on it in the ‘In the Back’/’Footnotes’ column in Private Eye for the years around the turn of the century when Bliar was meeting John LoCascio and the other ratbags from Unum. The Angry Yorkshireman has voiced his anger about it, as have Johnny Void, Kitty S. Jones and Mike at Vox Political. And they’re continuing to bash the Blairites as they try to hang on to power in Labour.

This does not exonerate the Spurious Major from his part in the mass death of Britain’s disabled. When Cameron came to power, he was posing as being more left-wing than Labour. He promised to protect the NHS from cuts, and be the most environmentally friendly administration ever. It was all just words, and once he started he swiftly showed himself to be just another privatising Tory with nothing but contempt for the poor and hatred for those at the bottom.

IDS could have stood up to him. He could have held him to make good his promises. He could have demanded that the Tories discontinue the work capability tests, or at least that they should be revised and made less stringent. He didn’t. Because fundamentally, he believes in the policy and has absolutely no qualms about the immense harm it’s doing to the very poorest.

And I particularly despise the man’s self-pity because he seems to find the suffering of others an immense joke. When one Labour MP raised the issue of how one of her constituents had been treated, aIDS laughed it off in parliament. Mike blogged about it, and has the piccie to show it. But like all thugs and bullies, it’s different when it comes to him.

He deserves every piece of criticism he gets.

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12 thoughts on “Ian Duncan Smith Whines about Being Blamed for Fitness for Work Tests Deaths | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

  1. Keith Jackson

    For sure Labour introduced the work tests, but wasnt it the Tories who moved the goalposts and made them much harder to pass. Wasnt it the Tories who changed the descriptors etc? Correct me if I am wrong.

  2. NMac

    However much he whines and moans Duncan Smith remains a thoroughly corrupt and dishonest character. At the very least this man is a repugnant Nazi sympathiser, as evidenced by his delight at seeing the chilling words above the entrance to the Auschwitz death camp.

  3. Neilth

    Poor Idiot Duncan Smith I truly believe he really doesn’t understand what he is doing. He clearly isn’t very bright given he couldn’t even succeed in the army. Not a job where much intelligence is required. No wonder CaMoron wants him in the job. He does as he’s told then wonders why everyone hates him.

  4. Brian

    “Poor Idiot Duncan Smith I truly believe he really doesn’t understand what he is doing”.

    Perhaps he does not understand, is thick, and only doing what he is told. Try and rely on that excuse in a court of Law.

    IDS should really get out now and start pleading his case before he becomes the fall guy for the rest of them. After all there is no honour amongst ………

  5. moira hewitt

    I see another poor person has taken their own life because of the WCA assessment. How can the tories continue to be allowed to implement this dreadful scheme.

    1. Brian

      Amongst much fanfare the tories are about to make big about the increase in spending for mental health. There is no coincidence in the timing. As HMG anticipates repercussions for the suicide rate amongst welfare claimants, they are adopting a classic deflection technique developed by certain US security advisors they have on board.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        That’s very odd. As others have posted huge essays in the recent past, I’d suggest it was a problem at your end.

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