Despite boasting of his two periods of unemployment in the press — leading to ridiculous claims that he was living “on the breadline” seven years after he married into the aristocracy — work and pensions boss Iain Duncan Smith seems to think he’s too good for his own reforms.
Asked by Andrew Neil whether he himself would benefit from performing menial tasks, IDS — who was out of work for months before finding a job as a director in a defence industry company — clearly answered “No” before trying to explain why it shouldn’t apply to him:
“You’ve been unemployed twice before. Do you think picking up litter or serving meals to older people would help you find a job?”
The Quiet Man is happy to invoke his ‘struggle on the dole’ — but less keen to be subject to his own reforms.