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After Michael O’Sullivan’s Death, Iain Duncan Smith Makes Obscene Claim that his Mission is to “restore people’s lives”.

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Pleased as Punch: IDS Sneers  at those Suffering Welfare Reform.

At the Conservative Conference the present Secretary of State for Work and Pensions poured scorn on people who have suffered, including those who have died, under the impact of his Welfare ‘reforms’.

Iain Duncan Smith has insisted the government must “rededicate itself” to its shake-up of welfare, saying its mission is to “restore people’s lives”.

The work and pensions secretary told the Tory conference the party was tackling the “something for nothing” benefit culture inherited from Labour.

He warned “the job was not done” and vowed to ensure to make work pay and reduce numbers on sickness benefits.

He also denounced the “bile” of protesters outside the conference.

Addressing Conservative activists, many of whom have said they have been subject to personal abuse from anti-austerity protesters as they entered the Manchester venue, Mr Duncan Smith said his party would “not be moved” and challenged Jeremy Corbyn and other senior Labour figures to disassociate themselves from such behaviour.

“You’ve had to come through the line up outside of the bile and hatred of what is now the Labour Party,” he said. “That is who they really are. That is what they represent.”


The same day the Guardian has published this:

Iain Duncan Smith will today have the chance to give his personal response to a case that has placed the darkest of clouds over his programme of welfare reforms, when he addresses the Conservative conference.


The discovery that a coroner had directly attributed a man’s suicide to his being found “fit for work” was a significant moment in the work capability assessment (WCA) scandal. It appeared to be the first time that a coroner had blamed the WCA process – designed and overseen by Duncan Smith’s Department for Work and Pensions – for directly causing a death.

“The anxiety and depression were long-term problems,” said Mary Hassell, the north London coroner, in her verdict on the death of Michael O’Sullivan. “But the intense anxiety that triggered his suicide was caused by his recent assessment by the Department for Work and Pensions (benefits agency) as being fit for work, and his view of the likely consequences of that.” Hassell felt so strongly that something had gone badly wrong that she completed a Prevention of Future Deaths report, because she believed there was “a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken”.

But the significance of the coroner’s conclusion – and the report – would have been far less clear if it weren’t for a heart wrenching ITV News interview with Michael O’Sullivan’s daughter, Anne-Marie. “If they continue to assess people the way they assessed dad,” she said, “we will continue to lose lives. Vulnerable people need support and need help and we should be able to give them that support. We shouldn’t just let them fall by the wayside.”

Guardian. 6th of October.

Iain Duncan Smith did not respond directly to this tragedy.

He did however state,

Conservative welfare philosophy, he told his audience, was “rooted in human nature, not utopianism nor empty pity” and its reforms,such as the cap on household benefits, the introduction of Universal Credit and the national living wage..

Only to claim, that his attacks on people

were driven by the objective of “ending poverty, not entrenching it and restoring lives, not parking them”.

The brazen Welfare Minister continued,

Fairness must be at the heart of the welfare state, he insisted, not just for the most vulnerable but for the taxpayer as well.

The party, he said, did not regard those unable to work as “victims”, insisting that many of the long-term sick and those with disabilities wanted to return to employment and the government would help them to “work their way out of poverty”.

“We have to raise the value of work – but not as Labour tried to do with the taxpayer subsidising wages through tax credits,” he said.

“As Conservatives we don’t want people to work just for tax receipts. We want people to work because it’s best for them, their family and their communities… all our reforms have a simple principle at the heart of them: to restore lives.”

He added: “Surely, we want to know that what we do in government rebuilds and restores the least of us. That is our purpose, not to rejoice at victory, no matter how hard won but to re-commit, even re-dedicate ourselves to this simple yet vital task.”

During his speech Iain Duncan Smith mocked the dead and the victims of his sanctions schemes by attacking those who dared to protest at his cuts.

The work and pensions secretary began his speech with an off-script attack on Labour and anti-cuts protests that have dominated this year’s conference.

Mr Duncan Smith mocked the ‘tears’ of 60,000 activists who massed on Sunday to protest against cuts to child tax credit and disability benefit

He said he would reform welfare – but “not by tears and entreaties or slogans and protest so beloved of the hard left now running Labour.

“Rather by the simple, yet difficult act of helping to restore their lives to be the best they can be through determination and not dependency – that is genuine compassion.”

During this hysterical rant the Conservative Minister went  still lower.

The Mirror notes,

At one point he even descended into a monologue about his war hero dad – saying he’d taught him a sense of fairness.

So fair, indeed, to Michael O’Sullivan.


Written by Andrew Coates

October 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

    The Porcelain Doll

    October 6, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    • I shall avoid watching this speech on television tonight.

      Andrew Coates

      October 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm

  2. The Work and Pensions Secretary said it was not the role of government to pay the disabled enough to stop them being poor and that the correct way to escape poverty was by working.

    “We don’t think of people not in work as victims to be sustained on government handouts. No, we want to help them live lives independent of the state,” he told the annual Conservative party conference in Manchester.

    “We won’t lift you out of poverty by simply transferring taxpayers’ money to you. With our help, you’ll work your way out of poverty.”


    Andrew Coates

    October 6, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    • So IDS is now admitting that the disabled at least live in poverty. so how will everyone including those of us on JSA, get into employment and off benefits, that warning ……………


      October 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm

  3. A warning from the present, that reminds us of “a warning from history”

    Restore lives, who or what does he think he is. – lets face it he’s mentally ill.


    October 6, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    • He has, “great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.”

      Andrew Coates

      October 6, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    • He is for me from this point onwards the Public Face of the “UK Nazi Party”.

      I can no longer view the ConCons as nothing less.


      October 6, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    • Should it have been “is he mentally ill”? maybe we or rather those not yet born will find out one day in the future weather he is or was.


      October 6, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    • @ enigma
      IDS is not mentally ill.

      Firstly, it’s not cool to play armchair psychiatrist. It’s unhelpful, stigmatising and damaging to people who actually so have mental illness. It’s the worst kind of stereotyping. Because a person’s opinion, politics or policies don’t make sense, everybody goes on about how they must be ‘mad’, ‘insane’, ‘not in their right mind’, ‘irrational’, and every other mental illness stereotype that’s used to discredit a political opponent.

      Secondly, since IDS’s policies are impacting mostly on people with mental health issues, it’s incredibly insulting to say he himself must be mentally ill, needs a psychiatric evaluation, needs locking up or any other mental illness trope that people throw about without giving a second thought to people with actual mental illness, who are actually killing themselves because of this man’s misguided and ill informed ideology. To ascribe mental illness to a man whose actions are making that section of the population suffer, is ignorant of you, and hurtful in the extreme.

      Please don’t lump people with mental illness in with that heartless fascist.


      October 7, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      • The future.


        October 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      • PCS union general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “How Iain Duncan Smith, who was fundamentally failed in his job, has remained in his post is a political mystery that will confound pundits for generations to come.


        October 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      • 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.”


        Andrew Coates

        October 8, 2015 at 11:30 am

      • I think it’s time someone else took his position, I know millions of people would agree with that.


        October 8, 2015 at 11:59 am

  4. He will help people work their way out of poverty by putting them in their grave!

    kat rehman

    October 6, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    • – Because the policies of the welfare reform are designed to drive them there.


      October 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm

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  6. Child tax credit reforms will teach parents that kids cost money and a warning to them all if having any more than two. – telegraph.


    October 6, 2015 at 7:11 pm

  7. DWP finally acts to end housing benefit ‘maladministration’ scandal

    The DWP has issued orders to end a bureaucratic bungle which caused thousands of sanctioned claimants to fall into debt and face eviction.

    The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has belatedly acted to end a bureaucratic bungle which caused thousands of sanctioned jobseekers to wrongly incur rent arrears and face eviction.

    Guidance slipped out by the DWP last week clarifies that local authorities should not automatically stop a claimant’s housing benefit payment in the event of them having their unemployment benefit stopped by job centre officials.



    October 6, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      • enigma

        Just saw this in comments section of Article you link above, I didn’t know this!:

        “Under Universal Credit a sanction will involve the entire payment.
        That includes Housing Benefit. So not only will people starve, losing the roof over their heads is built in.”

        Is this true?


        October 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      • I remember seeing something about that, I’ll have a look for it.


        October 6, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      • This is beginning to smell a lot like “Watch the hands, watch the hands” then pow you get hit by a kick instead.

        If its true as I can not even begin to try and figure out the implications via a vis the regulation for 16Apr16…


        October 6, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      • I can’t find it, although I’ve never seen the words that state other than the entire payment being taken away.


        October 6, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      • I see that many people assume that the news today means that it also applies to UC, but as you’ll know there were no words relating to UC in the Guardian article. I’ll have to find someone who is already on UC!


        October 6, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    • “Under Universal Credit a sanction will involve the entire payment.
      That includes Housing Benefit. So not only will people starve, losing the roof over their heads is built in.”

      Is this true?

      Sounds like a pile of horseshit. Another one of those comments nobheads post to cause unnecessary stress and anxiety.

      Certainly under the initial drafts for Universal Credit it was specifically mentioned that the housing component of universal credit wouldn’t be subject to a sanction. Of course the position may have changed but unless someone can post an actual reference we should assume that this is still the case.

      Fact Checker

      October 7, 2015 at 12:21 am

  8. OT: Appeals against WPA test – Title speaks for itself


    So George “Quite Man” “Prentious” Smith [more like the Nazi Grim Reaper] declares he is is trying to “Restore People’s Lives”?

    Nope, we know what it really is. Trying hard to Destroy People Lives because they are Poor.


    October 6, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    • Hopefully the volunteer law project can carry on for all those that need it.


      October 6, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  9. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating and commented:
    The man is clearly a sadist, enjoying his role as Ming the Merciless, and revels in his power allowing him to inflict harm to the most vulnerable people in society.
    He belittles, shames and pigeon holes them, me included, so that we live in constant fear & dread at what he will do next, what further scheme he can concoct, to push us further down into poverty and worthlessness.
    Child & Working Tax credit cuts will now impact upon those who maybe voted for the Conservatives in the General Election in May, those who believed the fear of having Labour Party was worse than anything else, and who believed Cameron when he promised live on air that Child Tax credits were safe and would remain untouched by a Conservative government under his rule!
    I dont blame the 24% of the electorate for inflicting us with yet another 5 years of tory hardship, I blame the 76% that fell for Camerons scare stories and who DIDNT VOTE for Labour in 2015!
    Come May 2020, I pray they dont make the same mistake.


    October 6, 2015 at 9:34 pm

  10. Fit note guidance for GP’S

    updated 5 October 2015



    October 6, 2015 at 10:47 pm

  11. ‘After Michael O’Sullivan’s Death, Iain Duncan Smith Makes Obscene Claim that his Mission is to “restore people’s lives”’

    So is he going to resurrect the people he KILLED via his “reforms” then? – Since he’s going to “restore lives”.
    Now, I’m not making light of those that died [on the contrary], I think he’s beyond a sick sadist to make such comments!

    bad putty tat (@BadPutty)

    October 7, 2015 at 10:16 am


    The north London Coroner’s step of issuing a “Prevention of Future Deaths Order” is highly interesting.

    Let’s wait and see if it actually prevents future deaths of benefit claimants wrongly assessed as fit for work though!


    October 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  13. OT: In Work Sanctions have started…


    And Once again DWP Strikes Back! Watch the new hit movie now… With thrilling rides like :

    Confusion on who can claim… and misadvised to boot!

    Monthly assessment coming to a JobCentre near you…

    Less money for Rent… [Benefits level deducted from paid wages]…

    Landlord telling claimant to pay up as no longer directly paid…

    Claimant started full time education the day before his first assessment period was due to end and was no longer be entitled to UC. Because the change of circumstances took place during the monthly assessment period he was not entitled to any UC at all….

    Universal credit introduces “in-work conditionality” where people who are earning less than 35 times the minimum hourly wage a week may be required to increase their hours or look for additional work. We have two cases confirming that the DWP are enforcing this and sanctioning people who are working….

    Welcome, Welcome to the wonderful make believe world of George “Pretentious” Smith Miracle Maker Extrodinaire, you know his “Aspiration” works!


    October 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    • Well I’m going to be a lot more busy informing more and more people who end up in this food bank regarding what to do and what not to do. a lot more printing to do.


      October 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  14. Because we are all expected to make space in our homes.

    Two-thirds of older and disabled people in England who turn to their local councils for help with care are turned away, figures show.

    Nearly 1.85 million requests for support were made last year, but just over 650,000 people received help.

    Councils have been warning for a number of years that a shortage of funding is causing problems.

    But the Health and Social Care Information Centre figures shows how difficult it is for people to get help.



    October 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    • Its just occured to me the big big hole in this plan.

      “Bed Room Tax”

      So, you have a spare room? Get forced out of your lodgings as its too expensive.

      Oh, now you don’t have room for the elderly/anyone else anymore, nor do any of your relatives.

      So this leaves this Asperation where?


      October 7, 2015 at 2:28 pm

  15. Cameron vows ‘assault on poverty’ in conference speech.

    David Cameron has vowed to devote much of his time in office to “an all-out assault on poverty”, in his speech to the Conservative Party conference.



    October 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm

  16. The ‘fit for work’ assessment wasn’t poorly designed; it was purposely conceived to strip claimants of their benefits. The purpose of mandatory reconsideration is to wear down the sick and disabled with stress and bureaucratic exhaustion. And higher stress levels result in a higher mortality rate:

    High to moderate levels of stress lead to higher mortality rate | News & Research Communications | Oregon State University http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2011/oct/high-moderate-levels-stress-lead-higher-mortality-rate

    Full disclosure: Since January 2012, I have been reporting voluntarily to the UN’s human rights office, in Geneva, on the welfare crisis for Britain’s sick and disabled. [Fellow Canadian Leilani Farha (@leilanifarha) is the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing; see http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Housing/Pages/LeilaniFarha.aspx. You can tweet her on UK housing issues or e-mail her at the UN’s human rights office: srhousing@ohchr.org; she does follow my Twitter account.]

    (Montreal, Canada)

  17. A desperate plea to the people of the UK.

    This plea to all those in the UK who love their country and those who live here.

    Please stop believing all the Tory Lies about lazy scroungers, left wing lunatics, Racist bigotry, problem families, terrorists and many other labels they place on people in our communities turning each human being against another.

    Have we learnt nothing from history of two world wars?

    This government is ruling by fear, fear of your neighbours and friends, fear of those who are not indigenous to our country, fear of paying a little extra tax to help those in need, while they sell off family silver of our country to line the pockets of the few greedy, selfish individuals who see you as less worthy as a human being.



    October 7, 2015 at 7:08 pm

  18. enigma

    October 7, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    • You don’t have to watch it Andrew, or any one else! you know it’s the usual nonsense.


      October 7, 2015 at 8:54 pm

  19. Boris Johnson has hardened his criticism of the way the Conservative government is cutting tax credits, saying everything possible must be done to “mitigate and palliate” the loss of up to £1,300 a year for millions of families.

    The London mayor’s decision to speak out against the way the cuts are being implemented puts him at odds with the chancellor, George Osborne, who is a potential rival for the Tory leadership once David Cameron steps down.

    Johnson had used his party conference speech on Tuesday to call for greater protection for the lowest earners in a veiled warning to Osborne about the tax credit cuts.



    October 7, 2015 at 7:16 pm

  20. BBC 1, 23.05

    The food bank, Scotland’s hidden hunger, busiest food bank in Dundee.


    October 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  21. Forget putting your feet up.

    Today’s children could live to 120 and work until they’re 100, it’s been claimed. But which occupations might they take on?



    October 8, 2015 at 9:28 am

  22. Don’t you just love the way the Tories reduce us to abject poverty and reliance on feed banks before boasting about being the party of caring and equality.

    I was so impressed I went out and joined Unite. Don’t know if it’ll do naything for me, but it makes me feel better.

    Setimus Plantpot

    October 8, 2015 at 12:44 pm

  23. OT: “ESA50 support team launched by Maximus”

    The public Face of Maximus

    Beware, use at your own, and I do mean your own risk.


    States: “Any information submitted by you through this site shall be DEEMED NON-CONFIDENTIAL and NON-PROPRIETARY. You represent that you have the lawful right to submit such information and agree that you will not submit any information unless you are legally entitled to do so. You should not submit information you consider confidential.

    CHDA does not accept unauthorized idea submissions outside of established business relationships. Any ideas disclosed to CHDA outside a pre-existing and documented confidential business relationship are not confidential, and CHDA may therefore develop, use and freely disclose or publish similar ideas without compensating you or accounting to you. By submitting an idea to CHDA through this website, you agree to be bound by these terms.

    The information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and DOES NOT create a business or professional services relationship between you and CHDA.”

    Nice the above to me means, “we’ll hover up whatever information you supply, pass it to whoever we like and we don’t care about information security or use…”


    October 8, 2015 at 3:26 pm

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