Iain Duncan Smith is formerly the Conservative Work and Pensions secretary who oversaw the transformation of the DWP from a support system into a mechanism for brutalising the poor.
It is on his watch that millions of unemployed, sick and disabled people developed a phobia of the infamous brown envelopes.
They became terrified of opening the letters, fearing that they contained announcements that their benefits were being sanctioned, cancelled altogether, or that they were to be re-assessed.
Now Mr Duncan Smith has received an intimidating brown envelope of his own.
It contained the decomposing remains of a rat – presumably a comment about what the sender thinks of the recipient.
But if it was intended to be intimidating, it didn’t work. Mr Duncan Smith simply used it to play the victim – and to blame the Labour Party and its supporters.
Kinder, gentler politics…during #GE2019, not at all. In Chingford/Woodford Green we’ve had office graffiti, social media violent abuse/smear tactics. Latest: suspect package containing decomposed rat. Campaign volunteers are subjected to these unacceptable acts of intimidation pic.twitter.com/yDcoeNtygv
— Iain Duncan Smith MP (@MPIainDS) December 6, 2019
The reference to “kinder, gentler politics” is a clear attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s aspiration, when he became Labour leader in 2015, to encourage the Conservatives to be less confrontational and divisive.
Mr Corbyn’s wish did not come true because of people like Iain Duncan Smith.
None of Mr Duncan Smith’s complaints can be laid at Labour’s door and some are plain hypocritical.
The Tories are masters of smear tactics; we know that Mr Corbyn is the most-smeared UK political leader of all time.
(For example, when I used a search engine to find a reference to the smears against Mr Corbyn, look what was top of the results – because the Tories had paid for it to be there:
This writer does not approve of what happened.
Stunts like this simply give Mr Duncan Smith the opportunity to demand sympathy; he’s the victim here, right?
But he also has much to answer for, and should be brought to justice.
The best way to do that is to ensure he is voted out of Parliament.
Then we can seek justice for all the misery and death his policies have caused.
Source: Iain Duncan Smith is sent dead decomposing rat in post | The Independent
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No, it’s not something I would ever do or approve of. We are better than that. But as an animal lover I feel more sorry for the poor rat than IDS.
The othering of Jeremy Corbyn
Oh whot s lovely creater is he most probably sent a rat to himself just to show us how vile this man is
While it’s true that IDS is a monster, myself and many other benefit claimants had an aversion to brown envelopes long before his reign of terror began. It was Peter Hain under “New Labour” (Red Tories) who really started to tighten the screws and I for one will never forgive him for it. And let’s not forget that the contracted out harassment – sorry, “support” – and various flavours of “New Deal” aka Raw Deal inflicted on benefit claimants were also products of the Red Tory years, without the groundwork laid down then the evil and odious IDS wouldn’t have managed to inflict half the suffering that he has.
Yes, New Labour has a lot to answer for. Thank goodness we now have a proper Labour Party again.
He was lucky someone did not leave a dead homeless person in a body bag at the front door of the rent free mansion he lives in.