Iain Duncan Smith should stand down following disclosures that his department produced a leaflet about sanctions comprising made up quotes ascribed to non existent benefit claimants.
There was an investigation into the use of sanctions by the work and pensions committee, which announced in March this year, and after being caught out so publicly it should be out of the question for Iain Duncan Smith to carry on as work and pensions secretary, and he should do the moral thing and stand down.
This is now another example of not only his ineptitude, but what can only be chronicled as very shady and unprincipled conduct not in keeping with a Member of Parliament let alone a Secretary of State leading a Government Department.
Once again, Duncan Smith has been caught trying to paint a specific portrait of social security claimants. He is a disgrace and should do the ethical thing and stand down. When his own department has to resort to this sort of strategy, in a hopeless endeavour, making it appear as though the system is working, no one can be left confident that his harsh social security sanctions control is fit for purpose.
Only Mr Duncan Smith appears to believe that unjust and unsuitable use of sanctions on helpless social security claimants is satisfactory. And now he’s shown that he believes it’s reasonable for his department to manufacture literature that is fake in a hopeless endeavour to make people believe his sanctions regime is working without bias.
It beggars belief that David Cameron can, in the light of this humiliating fiasco, proceeds to back Mr Duncan Smith as a credible work and pensions secretary when he has presided over such an inventory of mistakes.
In the last few weeks alone, the independent Social Security Advisory Committee has put together a report which states that the Government’s sanctions regime should be given an urgent and robust review.
Furthermore, following the Government’s request opposing the Information Commissioner’s decision compelling the Government to publish figures on the number of people on Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance who have died between November 2011 and May 2014, comprising those found fit for work, a Tribunal is now set for November 10th to hear why Iain Duncan Smith has declined to publish these facts.
Not only did Iain Duncan Smith go against the Information Commissioner’s decision to supply these facts on deaths of people on social security, but that he stated in Parliament, it did not exist. But then, just two days later, the Prime Minister said again in Parliament, the data would be published, only for the DWP’s appeal documents to go against him as well, stating publication was not in the public interest.
The select committee investigation reported in March, and the amount of proof that was put before the select committee by religious organisations, academics and nonprofit organisations, not to mention those actually affected by unsuitable sanctions themselves, pointed overwhelmingly to a system that is inhumane and intentionally fashioned to distort unemployment numbers.
The sad truth is that Iain Duncan Smith is doing everything he can to hide the chaos he has generated. Plus, this is a disorder that is ruining innocent people’s lives and, as the evidence suggests, even killing some.
The only plausible reason he’s going to such lengths to hang on to his job is because he knows he has so much to conceal, but it’s all just a smoke screen, and presently he needs to avow his immoral acts, and to articulate that what he’s done is completely wrong.
His conduct has been inappropriate, and he’s a corrupt little man, and he has no moral code at all. His aftermath has sourced a lot of suffering to a lot of people, let alone caused death to many more.
He started off as a very tiny underling, he was just the valet, and now he’s located himself so high up, he believes in that tiny little mind of his that he’s more important than the Queen herself – You’re wrong, Mr Duncan Smith, you’re still that minion, and you’ll never do anything more than shine other peoples shoes because once they’re finished with your services your power will be gone.
Iain Duncan Smith is not governed by greed, but entirely by control. He believes he has the means to surpass others, however, it’s a large ocean out there with lots of bigger fish to fry, what he fails to remember is that he is a little fish in a huge sea of bigger fish, waiting to guzzle him up.
No one is that irreplaceable, and he is plainly not that astute, or else he would be clever enough to know that he should familiarise himself with the opposition. It’s not the unemployed that are his opponents, but the people that he works alongside.
More often than not, karma comes to bite us in the butt, and politics might be an aggressive sport that he plays, but if you show off enough, it exposes you to all sorts of surprises, and he shouldn’t fail to remember that.