Our thickest, and quite possibly nastiest minister. What do I mean, possibly...
This was his response on Radio 4 Today
Left Foot Forward wrote:
This morning on the Today Programme, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith blamed the deficit on “chasing” child poverty targets.
Iain-Duncan-SmithNot for IDS recklessness on behalf of bankers and the banks or the global financial crisis, no, the reason “we got into such a problem over debt and the deficit” is because too much was done to reduce child poverty.
Here’s what he said (audio, 07.41-08.30):
“The key point today is that these child poverty figures, missing their targets, it’s not just a case of missing their targets, John, you know we wonder why we got into such a problem over debt and the deficit, and it’s because actually in chasing the target, to able, it got more and more difficult and more and more money had to be spent, and my problem is it’s not that, as you say, you know redistributing income is right, it is right, we have to do some of that, but we need to make sure when we do, that what we’re doing, has a change to someone’s life, not just leaving them as they are with more money, but actually getting them to the state so that they actually moves through to a process where they take control of their life, and that’s fair to them, and then that becomes fair to taxpayers, who accept that what they’re paying their taxes for is reasonable because they see something changing in the environment of those who are unemployed and in poverty.”
Right. So it isn't cutting benefit or withdrawing benefit, reducing the number of jobs available or presiding over a double-dip recession that harms children and increases child poverty, it's setting targets to deal with child poverty that causes it...