While his backbench Tory marksmanship and pursuit of paedophile MP Cyril Smith have impressed some, attempts by Labour’s Simon Danczuk to defend George Osborne’s harsh benefits reforms on TV yesterday were not his finest hour.
In acrimonious exchanges — during which Danczuk launched repeated attempted ad hominem attacks on Owen Jones — the Rochdale MP backed changes which would leave many poor people at the mercy of foodbanks and payday lenders by repeating the mantra:
“we have to build self reliance amongst people”
His lack of compassion towards those finding themselves out of work is all the more surprising given his recent first hand experience of the devastation wrought by redundancy.
Having been hit hard by cuts affecting his public sector clients, Danczuk was forced to put the research firm he owned into voluntary creditors’ liquidation in June 2011 — with eighteen people losing their jobs.
Scrapbook cannot help wondering whether Danczuk’s message to his newly redundant employees was one of “building self reliance” — and whether he begrudged his junior researchers claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.