Iain Duncan Smith Goes for “Stout Denial”.
Hauled up before the Bosher Street magistrate’s court, facing charges, Bertie Wooster, always adopted the tactic of “stout denial”.
His manservant, Jeeves, is said to be the source of this sound advice.
Comrade Jeeves always recommended getting your denial in quickly.
It seems that Iain Duncan Smith’s Gentleman’s Personal Gentleman has been giving his master the same tip.
Today we see this rebuttal of reality, just before the House of Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions continues its investigation into the miserable shambles that is the DWP’s sanctions policy.
This is what Smify has just announced (Daily Mail),
I have slowed the soaring rate of increases in Britain’s benefit bill, boasts Iain Duncan Smith
Iain Duncan Smith will say that government reforms led to £50bn savings
- He will claim people have been ‘transformed’ by pushing them into work
- There is 1.75million more people in work despite Labour’s austerity claims
Britain’s benefits system is growing at the slowest rate since the inception of the welfare state, Iain Duncan Smith will say today.
The Work and Pensions Secretary will point to almost £50 billion of savings for the taxpayer thanks to government reforms.
He will hail a ‘momentous reversal of Labour’s reckless spending’ and claim that the lives of hundreds of thousands of people have been ‘transformed’ by pushing them into work.
Despite Labour’s claim that austerity measures would cost a million jobs, there are 1.75million more people in work, and 700,000 fewer people in workless households, he will say.
Mr Duncan Smith will attack the ‘accepted wisdom of the Left: that poverty is solely about money, and more state money solves it’.
Poverty is not about money…..
No doubt the riches of the heart shine more brightly than pennies, and that fuel and food bills can be paid with inner goodness.