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NASA spent around £1/2 billion to send its New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reform fiasco on the other hand, will cost the UK taxpayer at least £12.8 billion.

Of course, Duncan Smith’s reform project – a car crash known as Universal Credit – isn’t just about wasting lots of lots of taxpayers’ money.

It’s also – in Iain’s own words – about changing the “lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society“.

And by that measure, Iain has certainly been succeeding.

Here are just a few examples of how Duncan Smith’s incompetence has been changing the “lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society“:


In fact, Duncan Smith’s reforms have reached such levels of Kafkaesque incompetence that he’s been paying out millions in taxpayers’ money to private companies to run so-called ‘back to work’ schemes – which are actually preventing the unemployed from going back to work.

Mind you, you could say it was a strange choice for Cameron to put Duncan Smith in charge of slashing essential help to the sick, the dying and the vulnerable in the first place.

After all, this is the man who thought you and I should be paying for his own essentials such as his underpants.

To be fair though, Duncan Smith has been trying to do something about his  disastrous and very very expensive project.

He sought to deal with the fiasco by doing what any self-respecting Tory cabinet minister always does when faced with criticisms of incompetence.

He blamed the servants – or in this case his civil servants.

In fact, Duncan Smith has replaced the head of his Universal Credit project no less than 7 times.

So not so much a workman blaming his tools.

More a case of a tool blaming his workmen.


See also:

Cameron’s Comedy Cabinet of Incompetents: George Osborne

Cameron’s Comedy Cabinet of Incompetents: Jeremy Hunt






There can surely be no better marker of the importance of the election than the Tories’ plan to show carers, the severely disabled and terminally ill no mercy in their new round of benefit cuts.

But don’t worry — the Labour Party are going to defend the vulnerable by asking the Tories nicely. With sugar on top and everything:

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