People with disabilities: do YOU want IAIN DUNCAN SMITH influencing how government treats you?

Iain Duncan Smith – his very name still triggers hate and fear in people with long-term illnesses and disabilities, in roughly equal measure. It is now nearly five years since This Writer demonstrated that his Department for Work and Pensions had been responsible for more than 100,000 excess deaths of people claiming sickness and disability benefits. The deaths had happened after he became Secretary of State and changed the way benefit entitlements were assessed, making it much more difficult for people who deserved them to make a claim. And he…

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Coronavirus: Iain Duncan Smith thinks the economy is more important than lives

Why did Theresa May give this dimwit a knighthood? Was it to mess up whoever succeeded her as Tory leader? If so, it should be working because it is hardly beneficial to Boris Johnson, having the chairman of his leadership campaign demanding that we abandon the social distancing regime that’s keeping us free of Covid-19. The Tory MP said “we’re the only country certainly in Europe that I know of” that uses the two-metre directive — pointing out that the World Health Organisation recommends people remain only one metre apart.…

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Will you sign NHS doctor’s petition to stop Iain Duncan Smith receiving knighthood?

I’ll be signing – will you? It probably won’t do any good – the Tories tend to find a way to ignore any petitions demanding any activity they don’t want to carry out, no matter how many people sign it. But it will be a great sign of resistance against Boris Johnson and his fake “people’s government”! A petition has been launched calling for MP Iain Duncan Smith to be stripped off his knighthood. More than 30,000 people have already signed the petition against the former Secretary of State for…

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Two-faced Tory thinks a bag of sugar is enough to earn forgiveness for sending millions into poverty

See the image above these words? You’re going to see it a few times in this article because it has absolutely infuriated members of the public. It shows Iain Duncan Smith – who, as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, enacted Conservative government policies that sent millions of people to food banks – handing over a small bag of sugar at his local food bank. This is a man who thought £39 was a reasonable price for breakfast (as long as the public was paying for it via his expenses…

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Full Fact’s ‘fit for work’ coverage is unfit for use as toilet paper

Here’s a slimy little article for you: Sam Ashworth-Hayes’ piece on the benefit deaths at Full Fact. The fact-checking website set him to respond to reporting of the DWP’s statistical release on incapacity benefit-related deaths, and he’s done a proper little cover-up job. “It was widely reported that thousands of people died within weeks of being found ‘fit for work’ and losing their benefits,” he scribbled. “This is wrong. “Within weeks of ending a claim, not within weeks of an assessment.” Not true – unless Sam is saying the DWP has failed to answer my…

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Known number of deaths while claiming incapacity benefits nears 100,000

The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted defeat in its attempt to hide the number of people who have died while claiming incapacity benefits since November 2011 – and has announced that the number who died between January that year and February 2014 is a shocking 91,740. This represents an increase to an average of 99 deaths per day or 692 per week, between the start of December 2011 and the end of February 2014 – compared with 32 deaths per day/222 per week between January and November 2011. The DWP…

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Sanction threat to health: Duncan Smith replies with lies

Iain Duncan Smith has responded to the concerns of fellow Catholics over the harmful effects of benefit sanctions on health – by lying to them. Earlier this year, Catholic magazine The Tablet published an open letter from fellow Catholics to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, urging him to rethink his welfare reforms, and warning that vulnerable people will be harmed by cuts. Now the man we call the Gentleman Ranker, in tribute to his failure as an Army officer, has responded with a letter published in the current…

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Mock indignation from IDS won’t halt the uproar over benefit-related deaths

The Conservative Government’s stalling tactics when confronted with questions about benefit-related deaths have at last tarnished the image of Prime Minister David Cameron, along with his ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions. When Debbie Abrahams, a Labour MP whose own image is refreshingly glowing after she stood up for her principles and voted against the Tory ‘Welfare’ Bill last night, asked an Urgent Question of him in the House of Commons yesterday (Tuesday), Cameron was nowhere to be found, having run like a jackrabbit and left others to…

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Are ratios the evasive politician’s new favourite tool?

You may be aware that This Writer made his writing debut in the national news media today (June 25), discussing the struggle to get the DWP to update its statistics on the number of people who have died while claiming incapacity benefits. It was appropriate that this should happen today, because it is the second anniversary of the launch of my first Freedom of Information request on the subject – you know, the vexatious one. The article that appeared was, in fact, the second piece I sent in to The…

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‘Dear Chingford’: An open letter about Iain Duncan Smith

Here’s a little gem that Vox Political has been saving up since last December – an ‘open’ letter to the people of Chingford and Woodford Green about Iain Duncan Smith, from a person affected by his policies. It runs as follows [boldings mine]: “Hello. You don’t know me, but I’m 40 years old, male, disabled and live outside of London, and recently employed. That’s all that matters really. I’ve been employed on and off over the past four years. I’ve spent most of that time though under the system at the…

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