ANTI-poverty campaigner attacked IDS on the BBC show, causing the Tory minister to lose his temper.
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.
‘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…’
“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.
“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.”