Iain Duncan Smith, Chingford and Woodford Green MP, says people are shocked confronting the issues portrayed on Channel 4's Benefits Street

Iain Duncan Smith. File image.

Iain Duncan Smith. File image.

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Iain Duncan Smith has said controversial Channel 4 programme Benefits Street reveals a “ghetto” reality.

The Chingford and Woodford Green MP said in a speech this morning that the middle-class majority is aware of problems in poor communities but “largely unaware of the true nature of life on some of our estates”.

His remarks came during an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Social Justice thinktank, which he formed before becoming Secretary Of State for Work and Pensions. 

Benefits Street has been criticised for misrepresenting residents and labelled ‘poverty porn’.

Mr Duncan Smith said: “For too long we let these problems be ghettoised as though they were a different country.

“Even now, for the most part they remain out of sight – meaning people are shocked when they are confronted with a TV programme such as Benefits Street.”

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4:58pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

He may be the quiet man but he has surely put Labour's nose out of joint by pressing on with the reforms, despite the scaremongering Milliband and his 'Foodbank Terror'. This seems to be only success,the food banking subject during their term in office and the silly wars they got the country in a mess with. IDS has at last got public opinion and now Labour into realising that a life on benefits is no way to build a workforce fit for the future and is the only Politician to really get to grips with the subject of this free for all.

Look what happened to poor old Frank Field when he tried, sent out to grass as being a madman.
He may be the quiet man but he has surely put Labour's nose out of joint by pressing on with the reforms, despite the scaremongering Milliband and his 'Foodbank Terror'. This seems to be only success,the food banking subject during their term in office and the silly wars they got the country in a mess with. IDS has at last got public opinion and now Labour into realising that a life on benefits is no way to build a workforce fit for the future and is the only Politician to really get to grips with the subject of this free for all. Look what happened to poor old Frank Field when he tried, sent out to grass as being a madman. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

7:45pm Thu 23 Jan 14

cynicalsue says...

Is IDS gloating again?
Is IDS gloating again? cynicalsue
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12:15pm Fri 24 Jan 14

mdj says...

It all seemed so promising when Mr Duncan Smith was in opposition: a man from a privileged background humbly learning at the coal face about the realities faced by the poor, and determined to approach policy in a new, more compassionate way.
No more vilification of 'scroungers', but a nuanced understanding of peoples' difficulties, and coherent pathways towards aspiration and self-reliance.

Then we found that he claimed for his underpants on Parliamentary expenses.


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It all seemed so promising when Mr Duncan Smith was in opposition: a man from a privileged background humbly learning at the coal face about the realities faced by the poor, and determined to approach policy in a new, more compassionate way. No more vilification of 'scroungers', but a nuanced understanding of peoples' difficulties, and coherent pathways towards aspiration and self-reliance. Then we found that he claimed for his underpants on Parliamentary expenses. 'http://tompride.wor dpress.com/2013/04/0 6/iain-duncan-smith- bullied-aide-to-tear s-over-his-expenses- claims-for-underwear / mdj
  • Score: 3

1:30pm Fri 24 Jan 14

NDevoto says...

The Peter Principle at work, IDS promoted to the level of his incompetency, after being caught lying on his CV.

"His claim that he studied at the University of Perugia (founded 1308) was later found to be false after an investigation by the BBC. His office subsequently admitted that he attended the Italian Università per Stranieri (founded 1921) in Perugia for a year but he did not obtain any qualifications or finish his exams."
The Peter Principle at work, IDS promoted to the level of his incompetency, after being caught lying on his CV. "His claim that he studied at the University of Perugia (founded 1308) was later found to be false after an investigation by the BBC.[6] His office subsequently admitted that he attended the Italian Università per Stranieri (founded 1921) in Perugia for a year but he did not obtain any qualifications or finish his exams." NDevoto
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8:18pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

He is the only person politically to grab the bull by the horns and slow down this runaway system which has actually ruined their lives, suppressing initiative and innovation by many for the sake of about an average of £ 100 per week in recent times. Future generations will thank him for it, Labour have already been forced by the mass of pro-reform public opinion to move towards the same reform.

Benefits were never introduced post war to mean people should spend their entire life on them and create situations like the TV programme.
He is the only person politically to grab the bull by the horns and slow down this runaway system which has actually ruined their lives, suppressing initiative and innovation by many for the sake of about an average of £ 100 per week in recent times. Future generations will thank him for it, Labour have already been forced by the mass of pro-reform public opinion to move towards the same reform. Benefits were never introduced post war to mean people should spend their entire life on them and create situations like the TV programme. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

11:57am Sat 25 Jan 14

HottRedMan says...

mdj wrote:
It all seemed so promising when Mr Duncan Smith was in opposition: a man from a privileged background humbly learning at the coal face about the realities faced by the poor, and determined to approach policy in a new, more compassionate way.
No more vilification of 'scroungers', but a nuanced understanding of peoples' difficulties, and coherent pathways towards aspiration and self-reliance.

Then we found that he claimed for his underpants on Parliamentary expenses.


'http://tompride.wor

dpress.com/2013/04/0

6/iain-duncan-smith-

bullied-aide-to-tear

s-over-his-expenses-

claims-for-underwear

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lmao at claimed for underpants, hilarious. Surprised he never got them to embroidered a parliamentary crest onto it.
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: It all seemed so promising when Mr Duncan Smith was in opposition: a man from a privileged background humbly learning at the coal face about the realities faced by the poor, and determined to approach policy in a new, more compassionate way. No more vilification of 'scroungers', but a nuanced understanding of peoples' difficulties, and coherent pathways towards aspiration and self-reliance. Then we found that he claimed for his underpants on Parliamentary expenses. 'http://tompride.wor dpress.com/2013/04/0 6/iain-duncan-smith- bullied-aide-to-tear s-over-his-expenses- claims-for-underwear /[/p][/quote]lmao at claimed for underpants, hilarious. Surprised he never got them to embroidered a parliamentary crest onto it. HottRedMan
  • Score: 1

7:30am Sun 26 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

HottRedMan wrote:
mdj wrote:
It all seemed so promising when Mr Duncan Smith was in opposition: a man from a privileged background humbly learning at the coal face about the realities faced by the poor, and determined to approach policy in a new, more compassionate way.
No more vilification of 'scroungers', but a nuanced understanding of peoples' difficulties, and coherent pathways towards aspiration and self-reliance.

Then we found that he claimed for his underpants on Parliamentary expenses.


'http://tompride.wor


dpress.com/2013/04/0


6/iain-duncan-smith-


bullied-aide-to-tear


s-over-his-expenses-


claims-for-underwear


/
lmao at claimed for underpants, hilarious. Surprised he never got them to embroidered a parliamentary crest onto it.
Yes yes yes, what is your point? Will Labour commit to reversing his work thus far? Of course not.
[quote][p][bold]HottRedMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: It all seemed so promising when Mr Duncan Smith was in opposition: a man from a privileged background humbly learning at the coal face about the realities faced by the poor, and determined to approach policy in a new, more compassionate way. No more vilification of 'scroungers', but a nuanced understanding of peoples' difficulties, and coherent pathways towards aspiration and self-reliance. Then we found that he claimed for his underpants on Parliamentary expenses. 'http://tompride.wor dpress.com/2013/04/0 6/iain-duncan-smith- bullied-aide-to-tear s-over-his-expenses- claims-for-underwear /[/p][/quote]lmao at claimed for underpants, hilarious. Surprised he never got them to embroidered a parliamentary crest onto it.[/p][/quote]Yes yes yes, what is your point? Will Labour commit to reversing his work thus far? Of course not. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

7:30am Sun 26 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

HottRedMan wrote:
mdj wrote:
It all seemed so promising when Mr Duncan Smith was in opposition: a man from a privileged background humbly learning at the coal face about the realities faced by the poor, and determined to approach policy in a new, more compassionate way.
No more vilification of 'scroungers', but a nuanced understanding of peoples' difficulties, and coherent pathways towards aspiration and self-reliance.

Then we found that he claimed for his underpants on Parliamentary expenses.


'http://tompride.wor


dpress.com/2013/04/0


6/iain-duncan-smith-


bullied-aide-to-tear


s-over-his-expenses-


claims-for-underwear


/
lmao at claimed for underpants, hilarious. Surprised he never got them to embroidered a parliamentary crest onto it.
Yes yes yes, what is your point? Will Labour commit to reversing his work thus far? Of course not.
[quote][p][bold]HottRedMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: It all seemed so promising when Mr Duncan Smith was in opposition: a man from a privileged background humbly learning at the coal face about the realities faced by the poor, and determined to approach policy in a new, more compassionate way. No more vilification of 'scroungers', but a nuanced understanding of peoples' difficulties, and coherent pathways towards aspiration and self-reliance. Then we found that he claimed for his underpants on Parliamentary expenses. 'http://tompride.wor dpress.com/2013/04/0 6/iain-duncan-smith- bullied-aide-to-tear s-over-his-expenses- claims-for-underwear /[/p][/quote]lmao at claimed for underpants, hilarious. Surprised he never got them to embroidered a parliamentary crest onto it.[/p][/quote]Yes yes yes, what is your point? Will Labour commit to reversing his work thus far? Of course not. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

9:38am Tue 28 Jan 14

DaveE17 says...

The point is that he is a hypocrite as he purports to be toughening up on claimants whilst having used taxpayers' money to pay his wife for doing nothing. Here are a few more facts about IDS's other achievements, with my point also being that he doesn't walk it like he talks it... http://www.greenbenc
hesuk.com/2014/01/th
e-cost-of-ids-100-wa
ys-iain-duncan.html
The point is that he is a hypocrite as he purports to be toughening up on claimants whilst having used taxpayers' money to pay his wife for doing nothing. Here are a few more facts about IDS's other achievements, with my point also being that he doesn't walk it like he talks it... http://www.greenbenc hesuk.com/2014/01/th e-cost-of-ids-100-wa ys-iain-duncan.html DaveE17
  • Score: -1

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