With their £5bn Work Programme failing the long-term unemployed, the Tories have announced plans to punish jobseekers by forcing them to cook meals for OAPs or pick up litter.

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?”

“No.”

The Quiet Man is happy to invoke his ‘struggle on the dole’ — but less keen to be subject to his own reforms.

  1. Anthony Turtle says:

    The man is delusional and should be locked up in a mental hospital, although they’re all closed down. He thinks that he’s too good for his own reforms and wants to fill the jobcentres with so many people that you cannot move!

    The sooner the Tory party come to their senses and get rid of this idiot along with all the Bullingdon Club members the better.

  2. He is a twat and he always looks down his nose at everyone, Just like most of the cabinet they are all made of money or have inherited it. They do not live in the real world . Do they have to think shall we eat or heat this week. Me I am dreading winter this year.Just like Gordon Brown was brought down, all I can say we will have our revenge ME I AM VOTI NG UKIP next time round becus I have had enough of there stuck up faces and there “we are all in it together”, they do not know what that means becus they have had not to go without anything.

  3. It is clear that the present national leaders have no understanding of how average people live. It seems they try to outdo one another in the ridiculousness of their proposals. Since the last world war our nation looked after its poor. Now we have food banks bedroom tax and the threat of unemployed folk litter picking. They mocking us. Lounging round in their plush homes and planning yet more stupid acts is surely enough to create anger. They need removing now.

  4. If he himself says that essentially doing community service won’t get him a job then why the hell do we have to do it?! Once again he’s simply criminalizing the poor. If it were up to him he’d put us all in prison! snobby twat!

  5. If he himself says that essentially doing community service won’t get him a job then why the hell do we have to do it?! Once again he’s simply criminalizing the poor. If it were up to him he’d put us all in prison! snobby idiot!

  6. If the long term unemployed can be used to help pick up litter or assist the elderly then I think they should make these actual jobs. Or at least community work that is interesting and can foster a positive attitude to work. The trouble is that the working standard for the low skilled worker is low. Why work if you get nothing out of it & it makes you miserable & pays squat? We need to improve jobs, encourage staff into long term roles, pay fairly (wages have stagnated since the 90s as businesses have more power over their workers) and encourage advancement. Low skilled jobs are meant for students and short term holiday roles but these days so many are stuck in low skilled jobs for life. What do we seriously want for the British worker and all of our children?

  7. jennifer breeze says:

    If the goverment want the unemployed to cook for old people , who is going to pay for them to attend a food safety course? Isn’t it a law now that when cooking for the public you must ensure your not going to poison them? Also with reguards to picking up litter , what happens if someone gets injured doing this work? Who is insuring their safety?

  8. jennifer breeze says:

    i generally believe that you people dont live in the real world, most employers expect their applicants to have experience, when most unemployed people have/are home makers, so how do you expect these people to get a job with no experience, when thats what employers want? volantuary work is not good enough, as you dont recieve payment or a reference, do you not see the struggle in this?

  9. jennifer breeze says:

    It is true that the national leaders have absoulutely no idea how average people live, generally no idea whatsoever

  10. I wouldn’t want any food from someone who is bulled into serving me food, they might spit in me spag bol |

  11. If on the other hand you spend 37 hours at the employment exchange will you be entitled to snacks and meals if so bring it on

  12. a well worthy man IN HIS OWN MIND. HE IS ARROGANT AND SADISTIC TO THE MOST UNFORTUNATE. HE IS SO WRAPPED IN HIS ,CAM- MORONS AND THE REST OF THE GOVERNMENTS CRUEL POLICIES , CAN’T THEY ADMIT THERE ISN’T ENOUGH JOBS OR HOUSING. DO THEY WANT THE SICK, DISABLED, POOR AND UNEMPLOYED ON THE STREETS? I AGREE THAT PEOPLE SHOULD WORK, IF THERE’S NO JOBS WHAT CAN THEY DO? THE GOVERNMENT HAVE TOLD DERBY CITY COUNCIL CUT COSTS, 1700 PEOPLE TO BE MADE REDUNDANT. MORE PEOPLE TO DEGRADE,

  13. Gordon Fleming says:

    If they want the unemployed to work for benefits, Let them work on corporate/milionaire investigation teams in Tax evasion. There would be some justice in a person on benefits proving corporate tax evasion or even just delivering a summons to David Camerons daddy in Law, Lord Astor for his Caribbean tax haven tax evasion on his Scottish, Isle of Jura, Tarbert shooting estate. £60 return on every £1 spent yet Gideon is cutting the staffing in case his pals get caught. Even when they get caught they dont get procecuted or their names and crimes published. Just a negotiable wee fine if they agree to pay up on what they have been caught out on.

  14. Quiet man my ass. He’s nothing more than an army bully and a thug. This regressive excuse for a human being thinks only of himself and bullying everyone into submission will solve all his problems – His wife must be a masochist. He adds nothing to the human race, and is nothing more than a parasite.

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