More Lies about Brexit Funding the NHS from IDS

Ian Duncan Smith never fails to amaze me with his sheer mendacity. I know, I should be used to it by now. He lied for years as the head of the Department of Work and Pensions, sliming his way through questions of the number of people his policies had killed, refusing to answer freedom of information requests, dragging his heels when he was forced to comply, and giving wrong or misleading answers. He tried to have one of his constituents deported, when she went to see him about problems she was having with the DWP. And his CV is a tissue of lies of truly Jeffrey Archer-like proportions. He claims to have been a major in the army, but the evidence is he was ‘returned to unit’. He claims to have taken a degree at an Italian college, which doesn’t actually award undergraduate degrees. His lying at one time got so bad that I called him ‘Matilda’, from the heroine of the Hilaire Bellocq poem, ‘Matilda told such dreadful lies/ It made one gasp and stretch one’s eyes’.

But today on the Andrew Marr show he outdid himself. He even continued to lie even when Marr put up a photograph of the original statement.

Marr picked up IDS on his statement that the £350 million or so Britain paid annually to the EU would be paid to the NHS. Smiff denied it, saying that no, no, this was all wrong, the money would also go to farmers and others, and that they had said that the NHS would only be one of the areas which would receive money taken from Britain’s contributions to the EU. So Marr showed the original statement, from their campaign material. Smiff continued to lie that he’d ever said any such thing, to which Marr simply added that it had been put on the side of a bus.

Now I’ve thought before that I wouldn’t believe anything IDS said to the point where I’d seek a second opinion if he told me that the sky was blue and the grass green, or that London was the capital of England. Now Smudger has proven me absolutely correct. He continues lying even when the evidence to the contrary is right in front of him, pasted in three-foot high letters on the sides of buses. There’s a kind of grandeur in his inability to tell the truth. There was a book out a few years ago by Al Franken, an American political pundit, called, Lies and the Lying Liars, Who Tell Them. It’s about horrendous mendacity of American politics, but it clearly applies to Ian Duncan Smith. Truly, his lies are almost Nixonian in scope. If there was a ‘Goebbels Award for the Political Falsehood’, IDS would win it jointly with Tony ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ Blair’.

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4 Responses to “More Lies about Brexit Funding the NHS from IDS”

  1. joanna Says:

    The shame really belongs to those who still beLIEve his lies even now 6 years on!

    • beastrabban Says:

      Definitely, Jo. But I’m afraid some people will believe him, no matter how blatant the lies are.

  2. vondreassen Says:

    JUST ANOTHER BLATANT CONMAN…he should join those cardsharps on the street corners…

    • beastrabban Says:

      That’s about the size of it, Vondreassen. And it describes so many of them. The Independent’s columnist, Fisk, said in his column today that his father, as appallingly racist and bigoted as he was, would not have chosen to leave Europe, and would have recognised Farage as a spiv.

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