So, Iain Duncan-Smith, the literal “Grim Reaper” of 21st century British politics, has resigned.
In a career as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that has spanned six years, he has had a long and illustrious reign of disapproval, disdain, disgust, disparagement and disregard for the most vulnerable people in society, which has shown stunning mercilessness towards those who have been unable to conform to his vision of “social justice” – or to you and me, anyone he considers a lesser human being than himself.
This contemptuous bastard of a man has overseen “welfare reforms” that would have made Thatcher blush – from the changing of the Disability Living Allowance to “Personal Independence Payments”, repeated attacks on Employment and Support Allowance, and the utterly disgusting abolishment of the Independent Living Fund.
He was responsible for the “Work Programme” that gave multinational companies the opportunity to use welfare claimants essentially as slaves to do the menial task they couldn’t be bothered to pay someone properly to do – and in turn gave the Prime Minister’s unemployment figures a Soho-standard massage at the same time.
His welfare reforms were arguably some of the most nefarious of the last Government, with attempts to make it “harder for sick and disabled people to claim benefits” and an intentional stepping-up of the sanctions regime within the DWP, not to mention the wholly unfair changes to work capability assessments provided by Atos, then Maximus.
The man who wanted to introduce a week of “celebrations” over the “success” of benefit sanctions, and who claimed he could live on £53 a week, was also responsible for the benefit cap, which has thrown countless more families into poverty, and been the subject to numerous high-court appeals, some saying it may well breach the UN convention on the rights of the child.
Speaking of the UN, due to his “reforms” the UK is currently under not one, but two investigations by the United Nations for possible breaches of human rights due to Duncan-Smith’s “reforms” – something else he may wish to add to his now world-renowned horseshit CV.
He will, of course be best known for the odious bedroom tax, which has seen rent arrears rocket, people forced to leave their family home after decades, and at times left people homeless and sleeping in tents. Even after a court recently ruled that some cases were unlawful, this petulant fucker still saw fit to appeal the judge’s rulings
But his crowning glory, after six years of “public service”, must be the possible 10,000 or more people that have died after being declared “fit for work” by his department, and the thousands more who have killed themselves after being left with literally nothing to live for after their benefits were stopped due to his upscaling of the sanctions regime.
Frances McCormack, aged 53, was harassed by authorities following the death of her son, Jack Allen, who killed himself aged 16 in 2013. An eviction notice arrived on the same day her body was found, on August 10, 2015 – she had hanged herself on the same spot her son had died, after facing the prospect of losing her home under the bedroom tax rules. A handwritten note addressed to Prime Minister David Cameron was found in her bedroom, describing the hardship the tax had caused.
So, after six years of systematically punishing the most vulnerable in society, why has this utter cunt suddenly resigned now – citing that the proposed slashing of PIP is “not defensible in the way they were placed within a Budget that benefits higher earning taxpayers”?
Has he found a conscience? Found God? Found a reformed character somewhere in that snivelling wretch of a soul?
Do not be fooled by this despicable fucker for a moment – if circumstances were different, he would be outside his local JCP office, cheering as people in wheelchairs and on crutches were herded in like cattle, forced to search for work because their PIPs could no longer provide them with even the basic necessities of life.
This is a politically tactical move on his behalf, for a number of reasons.
His department has recently been forced by a court to again documents relating to the shambolic Universal Credit – for the third time; his appeal over the bedroom tax is most likely going to lose, and when the PIP reforms come crashing down (which, with an open rebellion in the Tory party over them is a distinct possibility) he would, of course, be Gideon’s sacrificial lamb, as the Chancellor-cum-PM-in-waiting is by no stretch of the imagination going to take the flack himself.
But this is also the self-serving, cretinously cynical IDS delivering a sucker-punch to the Government over the EU referendum. Openly euro-sceptical, and openly campaigning for a “Leave” vote, he blasted senior colleagues two weeks ago over “spin, smears and threats” that will have consequences beyond the referendum, “bullying” and “scaremongering”.
“The acrimonious manner in which all this has been conducted is troubling and will, I fear, have consequences beyond June 23”, he wrote for the Daily Mail.
He is hedging his bets on two things.
One – that if Cameron loses the referendum vote he will be out as PM, Osborne will likely succeed him and that, as a “Vote Leave” supporter he himself will be out of a job; two – that if the Prime Minister wins the EU referendum he will be out of a job anyway for openly rebelling. He’s fucked either way, and knows it – so is weasely trying to sneak off, before he gets booted out.
But, he is also possibly thinking more broadly – that by putting the boot in Cameron and Osborne, he may take the wheels off that particular clown car, and give some leverage to his fellow Eurosceptic chum BoJo.
Either way, this apparent “change of heart” over welfare reforms should not be believed. In any way, shape or form. But do not be fooled, either, that this suddenly lets the Tories off the hook, as there are countless other festering cunts lurking in the background to take his place – and will they be just as cruel as he was.
Iain Duncan-Smith has been one of the cruellest, most despicable members of Parliament in my living memory. To say he has blood personally on his hands over the deaths of tens of thousands of people – directly owing to his “welfare reforms” – may be hyperbole. But it reflects the personal opinion of this writer, and I’m pretty sure countless others across the UK.
So good fucking riddance – you pathetic excuse for a fellow human-being.
I hope you never have to feel even an iota of the misery you have inflicted on so many people’s lives, because I would not wish that upon anyone – even though you so obviously do.
Iain Duncan-Smith – an utterly horrible bastard.