Iain Duncan Smith is to give his ignorance to post-Brexit government reform

The pick of the Tories: Iain Duncan Smith is a creature of odious habits and even worse politics.

The former Tory leader whose ‘reforms’ of social security have led to the deaths of thousands upon thousands of people has been appointed to lend his ignorance to the government again.

Iain Duncan Smith will chair the new Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform.

The title of the organisation creates the acronym TIGRR – tiger, get it? But Duncan Smith is no kind of tiger. As benefit claimants know from his time as Work and Pensions Secretary, he’s a little bitch.

This Site has its own acronym for him – RTU. It stands for “Returned To Unit”, the message of shame on the record of armed forces personnel who fail training for promotion up the officers’ ranks – as he is said to have done.

The government has claimed that the TIGRR will “identify and develop proposals across a range of areas that will drive innovation and competitiveness, reduce barriers to start-ups and scale-ups, create opportunities for innovation to make the most of cutting-edge technologies, and support growth and dynamism right across the UK economy”.

But with RTU at the helm it is more likely to reduce competitiveness with new schemes that will be massively expensive while helping nobody (like Universal Credit), create barriers that stop people getting what they need (as he did with all benefits, particularly those for the sick and disabled), and abandon cutting-edge technologies for paper and ink (as DWP workers were forced to do when his plan for Universal Credit to be fully computerised fell on its ass).

He didn’t even help his own government! All his so-called “reforms” created more expense and none of them saved any money at all.

Labour has said it is ready to fight over any reforms that could be harmful – particularly to employment rights.

While This Writer has nothing personal against Andy McDonald, I remember when the party under Ed Miliband, in the dying days of its previous right-wing, neoliberal incarnation, voted in support of RTU to harm benefit claimants and I have a doubt.

The simple fact is that the appointment of this death machine should tell us everything we need to know about what his organisation will do. And it won’t help anybody.

Source: Iain Duncan Smith appointed post-Brexit government adviser | The New European

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5 thoughts on “Iain Duncan Smith is to give his ignorance to post-Brexit government reform

  1. SteveH

    IDS – More Tigger than tiger, without any of Tigger’s more endearing qualities.

    Though Tigger is described by Rabbit and Piglet as “large”, he does not seem particularly big in the illustrations. Pooh states once “He always seems bigger because of his bounces”, implying that the other animals think of Tigger as being larger than he truly is. That assessment fits very well with Tigger’s personality and his assessment of his own abilities, which he always overestimates. He is cheerful, outgoing, competitive in a friendly way, and has complete confidence in himself. Some of the things which he claims Tiggers can do in the chapter “In which it is shown That Tiggers don’t climb trees” include flying, jumping farther than a kangaroo, swimming, and climbing trees. He never actually attempts any of the first three things in the course of the story, but he does try to climb a tree. He only succeeds half-way, being able to climb up but not to climb down again. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigger#Depiction_and_personality_traits

  2. disabledgrandad

    So they pulled this scumbag out of his lair and given him a shiny new department to find ways of finding new and improved ways of F’ing over people because that what this scumbag does!

    He should be in sodding prison for all the blood and deaths his reforms have cost but instead, we watch him slime around.

    We all know he will only find what his master’s want him to discover so they can ‘reform it’ and we all know what that means in Tory land!

  3. Julia

    Well it’s been quite a day news wise, not least the breaking news that the ‘Government ‘ ((taxpayers no doubt) is making a 6 figure pay off to the civil servant accusing Patel of bullying, but this just about ‘takes the cake’.

    Difficult to rank the whole corrupt and nasty membership of what passes for a ‘government’, but having supported a relative through many years of despicable treatment by the DWP I reserve particular hatred for this person, who ‘disabled grandad’ rightly calls scum.

    I am trying to stay off alcohol for a while, but today could drive me back to the bottle!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Can people PLEASE not swear in the comments? I have to moderate them out, which takes time, and this means your comment may not see the light of day until long after it was written.

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