To be honest I’m starting to have grave concerns over the Secretary of State for Work & Pension’s state of health.
In a recent Daily Mail article to which we will not link, Iain Duncan Smith has had yet another angry turn. It comes as yet another damning report over his ill fated welfare reforms lands on his desk. It’s becoming a bizarre and quite worrying behavioural trait for Smith to lash out in angry outbursts as he springs to the defence of his fast failing reforms.
On this occasion, a 22 page report by United Nations poverty ‘ambassadors’ has led an attack on the Coalition’s welfare reforms. Smith has apparently reacted furiously to the ‘absurd and unwarranted intervention’ and retorted in his usual self protective style by saying the report was ‘riddled with faulty logic’. He rambles on to say ‘They talk down our country, criticising the action we’ve taken to get control of the public finances and create a fairer more prosperous Britain.
‘They simply do not have a clue – and we will not be taking lessons from a group of unelected commentators who can’t get their facts straight.”
He goes on to say the report’s author is a ‘Brazil Nut’.
I’m worried because these outbursts are becoming more and more frequent. I suspect Smith is nigh on barking at the moon following the loss of yet another DWP court case. Smith usually comes out with some outlandish statement as the Courts continue to rule against him but on this occasion he’s got one of his minions at the DWP to convey his usual distortion of events:
“We’re pleased the Court recognised that if claimants do not play by the rules and meet their conditions to do all they can to look for work and get a job, we can stop their benefits. That is only right.”
I very much doubt Smith is in fact ‘pleased’ with the judgement. I rather suspect the delivery of yet another judicial blow had him pacing the floor, suitably red faced and angry, in much the same way as he near enough explodes in that awful vile temper when putting in a rare appearance before the increasingly enquiring DWP select committee. As Adam Wagner sums it up all too well, Smith will have had little to be pleased about:
The Jobseekers (Back to Work) Schemes Act 2013 breaches the right to a fair trial, rules high court http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/r-oao-reilly-others-v-sswp.pdf …
All of which comes on the back of yet more angry exchanges as Smith fails to please angry MP’s over the pathetically slow progress of Universal Credit. The Guardian reported back in February over how Iain Duncan Smith faces angry MPs over universal credit and once again within the article we have another reference to ‘bad-tempered exchanges’.
What is it with IDS? – every exchange he seems to enter in to is one of anger.
Check out IDS’s alarming list of ‘angry related articles…
Iain Duncan Smith: even his anger is strangely bloodless
Iain Duncan Smith Loses Temper With Owen Jones on Question time
Another angry voice: Iain Duncan Smith’s callous contempt for the dead
Sparring with Andrew Neil over wasted money on Universal Credit
Furious Iain Duncan Smith threatened a Treasury official he would ‘bite your balls off’ in an extraordinary row over attempts to block his flagship welfare reforms.
Iain Duncan Smith Launches Shocking Attack On Disabled Workers
yet another ill-tempered session of a key Commons committee with the minister responsible, Iain Duncan Smith.
Mr Duncan Smith is furious with judges, blaming “judicial activism” for widening the definition of disability.
Iain Duncan Smith bullied aide to tears over his expenses
Iain Duncan Smith’s fury at the BBC
Iain Duncan Smith says he is “absolutely furious” about London Mayor Boris Johnson’s approval…
Iain Duncan Smith is furious and has complained bitterly because the BBC led its news bulletins ….
And this is the man which the Country trusts with reforming the welfare state??????