With Iain Duncan Smith’s reputation in tatters over the botched delivery of his flagship Universal Credit policy, his shameless millionaire DWP minister Lord Freud — the man who tried to blame food bank queues on charities — has advanced the most fantastic excuse yet for their failure:
“Frankly, why should we hurry with the most vulnerable? My own view is we should take as much time as it takes to get these people safely into the new system.”
Scrapbook cannot resist observing that protecting “the most vulnerable” isn’t a notion which seems to have informed DWP policy hitherto.
Freud has been dubbed ‘Lord Diddums’ after his complaints to colleagues over press coverage of his clangers. With ministers on strict orders to refer to the bedroom tax as a ‘spare room subsidy’ to make it sound less cruel, Freud’s recent clangers include parroting this line — beforereferring to the policy as the ‘bedroom tax’ himself.
What an utter berk.