Iain Duncan Smith blasted on Question Time over Kieran McArdle

ANTI-poverty campaigner attacked IDS on the BBC show, causing the Tory minister to lose his temper.

Iain Duncan Smith on Question Time
Iain Duncan Smith on Question Time

TORY welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith got a hammering over the Kieran McArdle scandal on BBC’s Question Time.

Author and anti-poverty campaigner Owen Jones gave him an ear-bashing and told him to remember Kieran’s dad Brian who died the day after his disability benefits were axed.

Owen Jones
‘Blimey, thanks everyone. But what a travesty that stating the obvious on telly is a revolutionary act! Not sure how they edited it but the bit on welfare at the end descended into total chaos when an Atos protestor shut the programme down for 5 minutes. Just a shame the debate was shut down when it just got started…’

Jones, who wrote Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, laid into IDS on the Thursday night programme.
 
Work and pensions secretary Duncan Smith lost his temper towards the end of the show, raising his voice and pointing his finger at the commentator as he tried to gag him but Jones continued to make his point about Kieran’s dad.
 
Duncan Smith, who is savaging the welfare system, was slated by Jones over benefits recipients who had died after being approved as “fit for work” by assessment firm Atos.
 
 
He brought up Brian’s name twice during the programme – the first time he only managed to say to Duncan Smith:
 

“If there is anything I want you to remember from this programme it’s Brian McArdle”,

…..before he was accused by host David Dimbleby of going off on another agenda.

They were discussing housing benefit caps when Jones first brought up Brian’s name and Duncan Smith talked over him, saying: “Disabled people are exempted from the cap.”

Near the end of the show, when the panel were discussing welfare benefits, Jones grabbed his second chance to have a go at Duncan Smith and highlight Brian’s case.

Jones said:

“There is a point that has to be made about disabled people in this country. I want Iain to remember Brian McArdle – 57, paralysed down one side, paralysed in one eye, he couldn’t speak.

“He died a day after being found fit to work by Atos.”

Known as “the quiet man” during his hapless term as party leader, Duncan Smith was anything but as he interrupted Jones, pointed at him and said: “Hold on a minute. We’ve heard a lot from you, let me tell you something.

“I didn’t hear you screaming about two-and-a-half million people parked on benefits, nobody saw them for over 10 years, not working with no hope, no aspiration.” He added: “Getting them off benefit is what we’re going to do.”

The Scottish Daily Record

 

Comments
  • leonc1963 November 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Would be nice to get IDS off his benefits, that man makes me crawl with anger

  • jay November 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Get them off benefits alright. To live on the street as beggars.
    Dr Josef Goebbels is alive and well.

    Not working with no hope and aspiration, oh yeah I’m really desperate for a minimum wage so I can work myself into an early grave caused by my poor health.

    No one chooses to be ill you bald Tory twat. I and many others hold you directly responsible for the deaths of the sick and disabled caused by your inhumane policies.

    As a man you are a disgrace to my gender and quite simply a disgrace to the human race along with your millionaire party.

  • scotty December 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    iain duncan smith is a cunt a fucking ugly bald headed ,cunt!! who would not know real life if it jumped up and hit in round that smug fucking mouth of his!! i wouldn’t piss on the cunt”!!! if he was on fire…. sort the staff out in the worg programm there all fucking cunts!!! aswell.

  • ian strange December 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Smith makes me feel sick with anger. It’s obvious that he doesn’t give a shit about the people who’s lives are being made hell as a result of his vicious welfare policies and it makes me want to ram my fist down their throats whenever he or Osbourne drone on about how they’re going to make it “pay to work.” Are these disgusting creatures too stupid to understand that most people on disability benefits aren’t capable of work? What a shower of snooty, flint-hearted, insensitive bastards this government are.

  • Jim December 25, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Getting them off benefit “he said” is what we do. Does he mean ‘By Death’ ?

  • Tony montana March 7, 2013 at 5:13 am

    We know your government wants to save money just stop gloting and stereo typing you sadistic pig.

  • Tony montana March 7, 2013 at 5:16 am

    We know your government wants to save money just stop gloting and stereo typing

  • Miner_27 April 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Smith really is one of the most loathsome, despicable idle rich scumbag bastards the tory party has ever shat upon civilisation, although the competition’s always pretty fierce.

  • Keith Chalmers April 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Its disgusting that disabled people are being labelled fit for work. They are being stamped like produce to save this government money so they can give tax breaks to the rich.

  • ian strange April 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    This creature is making the lives of countless disabled people complete hell. He really is an obnoxious piece of excrement and I hope that one day he’ll pay for it all.

  • Angry Arthritis Sufferer April 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    IDS is a total lying bastard. Come the revolution his will be the first head to roll, hopefully! 😉

  • dave April 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    this tory cunt said he could live on £53 a week then bought breakfast for £49 and tried to get it on expenses, this is the type of twat all tories are, they are pompous arrogant lying posh boy shits !!!!!!!!!

  • Fuzzy June 3, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Ian Duncan Smith , has booked his place in Hell , he will pay for the suffering he has caused in this life in the after life .

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