Guy Standing on IDS’ Personal Welfare Dependency


I found this description of Iain Duncan Smith’s hypocrisy in orchestrating a reduction in state support for the poor, while doing all he personally can to gain as much of it himself in Guy Standing’s A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (London: Bloomsbury 2014):

Iain Duncan Smith, UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has led a robust campaign against benefits for the poor and precariat, saying he is determined to reduce state dependency and end the ‘something for nothing’ culture. Meanwhile, his own state dependency dwarfs that of any of his targets. A trust run by members of his family has received over £1 million in EU agricultural subsidies in the past decade, in addition to the various tax breaks farmers receives, courtesy of an estate of 1,500 acres inherited by his wife. The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy is regressive, since the primary beneficiaries are large landowners. While the UK government was capping benefits for the poor, claiming that nobody should receive more in benefits than the average wage, it vetoed a European Commission plan to cap the amount of money going in farm subsidies to the wealthy. (p. 312).

Which bears out what a friend of mine said about the Tories: ‘The Conservatives are an organised hypocrisy’. I think he was quoting Oscar Wilde, who was certainly right there.

So now you know: IDS is a benefit scrounger. Let’s have him sanctioned.

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23 Responses to “Guy Standing on IDS’ Personal Welfare Dependency”

  1. Jeffrey Davies Says:

    a persone who doesn’t hold one bit of decency one bit of truth yet lies follow whenever he opens his mouth

    • beastrabban Says:

      Absolutely. My guess is that he’s one of the most despised men in Britain, probably more so than Cameron in that he’s directly responsible for the persecution of the unemployed and disabled.

  2. Mike Sivier Says:

    Reblogged this on Vox Political.

  3. gfranklinpercival Says:

    And sectioned also. Broadmoor will doing a roaring trade!

  4. Pauline Urlata Says:

    The quote “A conservative government is an organised hypocrisy” is from Benjamin Disraeli =)

  5. hstorm Says:

    “Organised hypocrisy”?!? That’s an absolutely *outrageous* description.

    There’s nothing ‘organised’ about the Conservative Party………

    (It was actually Benjamin Disraeli who coined the term, when describing the Government of Robert Peel in 1845.)

  6. Graham Hughes Says:

    Isn’t it the case that it is the UK government’s allocation of the EU farm subsidies that is regressive, or has it changed? I recall that part of the rationale for it in the beginning was so that countries such as France could protect traditional small farmers from being swallowed up by big agribusiness.

  7. chunkyfunkymunky Says:

    Reblogged this on chunkyfunkymunky.

  8. hayfords Says:

    A bit of a silly story. If you are a farmer, you have to operate under the common agriculture policy.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Yes, you do have to operate according to the CAP if you are a farmer. However, presumably nobody forced IDS to accept the subsidies. It is hypocritical of him and the government to continue to demand subsidies for farmers, while denying state support for the poor and unemployed.

      • hayfords Says:

        You need the subsidies to make it economic to be a farmer these days. Without them, you would be unlikely to make a list ving at it and no one would be a farmer.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Irrelevant to the point being made. Nobody forced him to take those subsidies, and nobody forced him to be a farmer in the first place. It’s hypocritical of him to demand to be supported by the tax payer, while denying that support to others. End of.

      And I don’t believe that it is uneconomical to be a farmer without subsidies. It’s probably true for the hill farmers in marginal conditions, but I think some of the big, gentlemen farmers are doing very well, thank you very much.

      And I remember a few years ago down this part of the world, in Somerset, one of the local farmers was complaining that farmers had allowed themselves to become ‘welfare dependent’ on state subsidies. They wanted to see farmers come off the subsidies and become truly self-reliant.

      I haven’t seen Iain Duncan Smith make the same suggestion, have you?

  9. trebornos Says:

    Reblogged this on trebornos's Blog.

  10. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  11. jaynel62 Says:

    Reblogged this on jaynelinney and commented:
    IDS is a benefit scrounger. Let’s have him sanctioned…. READ ON

  12. Marian Standen Says:

    The hypocrite,it’s a case of do what I say not do what I do

  13. vicmart009 Says:

    Reblogged this on vicmart009 and commented:
    IDS needs to be sectioned in all the right places, a bit at a time. Then let him describe how good it is to suffer cut’s

  14. Jaeuzaki Says:

    Reblogged this on Jaeuzaki!.

  15. jaypot2012 Says:

    If anything is there for the taking then IDS will take it, then take it again, and then get his “chums” to take more and more.
    The afterbirth should have been left and the baby (IDS) thrown on the fire instead!

    • beastrabban Says:

      Definitely. And we also saw this with David Cameron when he claimed one of the child benefits for his ill son, then later abolished them for everyone else.

  16. jaypot2012 Says:

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    IDS – one of the biggest benefit scroungers – true…

  17. Big Bill Says:

    Which reminds me; as well as nationailising the energy and money supplies, we should do the same with food.

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