The old romantics over at the loveable Department for Work and Pensions have marked Valentines Day in that time honoured fashion – by threatening to put their Twitter followers behind bars.

Esther McVey’s department has launched a seasonal advert about benefit fraud that warns you could “get separated from your valentine.”

The department’s tweet also includes a link to a story on their campaign in the Daily Express. A DWP spokesman tells the paper: “The shameless few involved are deliberating diverting money away from those who really need it.”

We trust that’s a reference to the tax deal the Express’ parent company, Northern and Shell, cut with Luxembourg to help them avoid paying millions in corporation tax.

The heartless campaign has been branded “sinister” and threatening by Labour MPs:

It’s also provoked some pointed parodies:

The row comes on the day Parliament’s Work and Pensions committee releases a report on Tory benefits tests, which says:

“Large sums of money have been paid to contractors despite quality targets having been universally missed.

“The taxpayer has spent hundreds of millions of pounds more checking and defending DWP decisions based on the contractors’ reports – not least in externalised costs in the Tribunal appeal system.”

Roses are red, Tories are blue, they won’t touch big business, but it’s prison for you…

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  1. You doleites are dead,
    We tories hate you,
    We’re stopping YOUR money,
    And using it to line our own pockets, so fuck you!

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