Posts Tagged ‘‘On The Waterfront’’

Mirror: IDS Blames 9/11 for Failure as Tory Leader

October 8, 2015

More insights into the weird psychology of Ian Duncan Smith. According to the Mirror, Smith blamed the al-Qaeda attack on the Twin Towers at 9/11 for his failure as the then leader of the Conservative party in a speech at the Tory party conference. The Mirror article begins

Leadership flop Iain Duncan Smith has blamed the 9/11 atrocities for his failed bid to be Prime Minister.

The top Tory made the claim as he launched an extraordinary attack on Tony Blair – saying he ‘milked’ the situation for all it was worth.

More than 100 Tory activists applauded Mr Duncan Smith’s comments at a packed fringe meeting at their party conference.

Fresh from a speech celebrating welfare cuts , he claimed Mr Blair’s focus on foreign policy contributed to his failure to get a foothold as party chief in 2001.

“The day before I got elected the twin towers were struck,” he told the crowd last night.

“So first of all we got no lift on my announcement. It had to be buried the following day, hardly anybody was paying attention.

“The following day I appeared for the statement in the House, straight in. I didn’t sleep that night, had to sort out shadow cabinet positions, got them all done, got in there and we were straight in.

“Now you know, when the nation is kind of at war there is only one person they look to and it is the Prime Minister, because the Prime Minister is powerful. He’s the one who directs it.

“And Blair, of course, which maybe you can argue, he milked that for all that was worth.”

It’s another piece of Tory double standards, especially coming after David Cameron’s smearing of Jeremy Corbyn yesterday as a supporter of terrorism, who didn’t really care about the 3,000 odd victims of 9/11. That was a gross lie. It appears from this that IDS doesn’t really care for the victims of the biggest terrorist outrage on American soil either, except in so far as they ruined his career as the leader of the Tory party.

As for ‘milking’ a foreign policy crisis and the ensuing war, this is exactly how Maggie Thatcher used the Falklands War to prop up her career as prime minister. Following the British victory over the Argentinians she was lauded by the Tory press as the 20th century incarnation of Boadicea. The Scum in particular harped on about how the Conservatives hoped the ‘Falklands Factor’ would help win them election after election. It helped cement her image of the defiant guardian of everything ‘British’ against foreign aggression and domestic terrorists like the IRA. This was even when she was holding secret talks with them while attacking Labour’s stance on Northern Ireland and the sympathies of many of its members with its Roman Catholics.

Several of the commenters to this blog have pointed out that Smith shows all the symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and I think they have a point. This comment certainly shows the man’s egotism and colossal self-pity. He, of course, was never responsible for his failure. It was all somebody’s else’s fault. He comes across as the type of burned-out boxer portrayed by Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront, a shambling wreck c boasting about how he could have been a ‘contender’.

Blair did indeed ‘milk’ 9/11, just as Maggie milked the Falklands. He and Bush also used it as a pretext for the illegal invasion of Iraq. Many Tories, to their credit, condemned the invasion. A friend of mine even started buy the Spectator because of its anti-war line. IDS was not denied the opportunity to tackle him for his foreign policy failures, particularly as the majority of people in this country opposed the invasion of Iraq. IDS cannot blame 9/11 for being ousted as leader of the Tory party. It was due to his own incompetence, and the legacy of his predecessors. But, like some exiled dictator convinced that the people still love him, he simply can’t see this. Perhaps, like Imelda Marcos, he takes refuge from cold, hard reality amongst a massive collection of shoes.

And on a purely, personal ad hominem note, it strikes me from the photos of IDS that have surfaced from the conference that the minister for the murder of the disabled has put on weight. It seems he’s been living very well in his career denying benefits to the poor, the sick and disabled, during which tens of thousands have died. Stilloaks has pointed out that the total death toll of people who have starved to death, or taken their own lives through despair due to his wretched ‘welfare reforms’ is now up to the 70s, if not actually beyond. Marie Antoinette may not have said, ‘Let them eat cake’ when she heard of the starving French masses during the Revolution, but from the pics, Duncan Smith definitely has had a few champagne breakfasts.

Advertisements