I watched this in anger at Ian Duncan Smith, the man doesn’t know reality of the people of the UK. For him to laugh during a VERY IMPORTANT debate tells us all a story we should already know. The man is out of touch with himself and his job. I think his days should be numbered, the good thing is very soon he will have NO SAY AT ALL over Scottish benefits. Now that has to be a good thing. Make no mistake, the SNP have a date they were told in the event of a No vote thanks to the “Edinburgh Agreement” and the “Vow” that on this date certain measures come into play. Nicola has already withheld £2Million that was to support the Queen, watch this play out as the SNP take what is promised. Fun viewing it will be. Also for anyone having issues with the Bedroom tax here is a small trick. Turn your spare bedroom into a Dining Room. Legally it’s not a bedroom 🙂 Try it. Also I am not saying Labour’s John Robertson is any better, he voted for many things he now argues about… Anyway
Tory minster Ian Duncan Smith has sparked outrage by laughing during a heartbreaking debate on the affects of the Bedroom Tax. He was spotted throwing his head back and chortling while being accused by Labour’s John Robertson of simply not listening to anyone else and was “bored”. The comment came after the minister appeared to be talking to Tory MP Mark Harper as another MP spoke about the reality of the stress the Bedroom Tax would have on a Scottish estate.
Mr Robertson said: “The one thing that we can tell from the honourable gentlemen who are having a wee chat amongst themselves… This perhaps is exactly the problem with this government. They sit and have their little chats because they’re bored with the talk of people on this side trying to help them. “And they can say whatever they like, that is how it looks to me.”
Labour MP Jack Dromey described the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions as “grinning like a Cheshire cat”, while viewers took to Twitter to agree and voice their disgust. While Ed, branded the minster a scumbag, posting: “Dim-witted sociopath Iain Duncan Smith laughs as he hears stories of vulnerable people he has driven to suicide. He is absolute scum. #IDS”Russell Corbett tweeted that while the result of the vote was not surprising, Mr Duncan Smith’s behaviour showed how “evil” he was. While Ed, branded the minster a scumbag, posting: “Dim-witted sociopath Iain Duncan Smith laughs as he hears stories of vulnerable people he has driven to suicide. He is absolute scum. #IDS”
No doubt Mr Duncan Smith would have had even more to be happy about when the Government defeated the Labour motion by a reduced majority of 32, winning the vote 298 to 266. A Government amendment was then carried 300 to 262, majority 38. The Lib Dems were criticised for voting with the Tories, as with their votes Labour would have been successful in getting the tax abolished.
In September Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves pledged to call a parliamentary vote to scrap the Bedroom Tax – calling Lib Dems to join her party. Labour has pledged to repeal the Bedroom Tax if it wins in May. New figures show victims have lost an average of £1,260 since the 2013 launch of the hated policy, which docks housing benefit of tenants deemed to have a spare room.
The Bedroom Tax debate was not the first time Mr Duncan Smith has appeared to laugh off misfortune of others. Almost exactly a year ago, he sneered at the plight of hungry families forced to rely on food banks. During the debate last December Tory MPs laughed and jeered as they were told how some hard-up shoppers were so desperate they fought to snap up discounted items in supermarkets. Astonishingly, all the Government ministers from the responsible departments – including Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith – sneaked out after just an hour of the crucial Commons debate.
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