Iain Duncan Smith laughing

A Christian charity has been subjected to the usual Tory punishment beating after issuing legal challenges on behalf of vulnerable victims of the Bedroom Tax and disability benefit reforms.

A “source close to Iain Duncan Smith” briefed the Sunday Times (£) of Zaccheuss 2000 Trust, whose patrons include the Archbishop of Canterbury:

“Our welfare reforms are about transforming lives and I think the public would be surprised to learn how their money is being misspent by these charities.

“Maybe they too should concentrate on transforming lives on the ground instead of using donations to attack government policies.

So Team IDS reckon charities should stick to their knitting and keep out of politics? What a pity the Centre for Social Justice — founded by, errrr, Iain Duncan Smith — didn’t get the memo.

Here is a press release produced just last week which not only invokes charities to attack Lib Dem drug reform proposals — but also names Nick Clegg in the headline:

Centre for Social Justice: Charities attack Clegg drug policy

Boasting about how the think tank has “shaped government policy”, including “welfare reforms”, the release contains an offer to put journalists in touch with charities which will support the CSJ line:

“Further to this, the CSJ manages an Alliance of over 300 of the most effective grass roots, poverty-fighting organisations. The CSJ is able to draw upon the expertise and experience of Alliance charities for research work and media inquiries. Journalists wishing to conduct grass-roots research into social problems can be put in touch with front-line charity directors and staff.

The press contacts given for the release include a sitting Conservative Party councillor and a spinner who cut his teeth working for three different Tory MPs.

Constructive criticism of government policy is an outrageous abuse of charitable funds — unless you’re slagging off the Tories’ opponents, in which case “politicians need to listen to these experts”.

  1. I think that voters had genuinely forgotten how evil the Conservatives are. Thirteen years out of power meant many younger voters had no memory of the disasters wrought by them on Britain. I’m no fan of the LibDems, especially now, but how much worse would they be if left to their own devices?

  2. People such as IDS should not be in public life particularly a public life that can effect us all.

    I seldom hate someone I don’t know but in his case I’ll make an exception. I wish he would find a rock to hide under, he’s an appalling excuse for a human being

  3. Typical born to rule attitude from a tory grandee. The conservatives really do think working class people are shite that are to be avoided at all costs.

  4. “Our welfare reforms are about transforming lives and I think the public would be surprised to learn how their money is being misspent by these charities.
    THE PUBLIC YOU EVIL TWAT IS SURPRISED YOU ARE STILL IN A JOB FOR ALL THE MULTI MILLIONS YOU HAVE LOST THE TAXPAYER.
    IF I STARTED PUNCHING THIS BASTARD I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO STOP.

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