Watch Ian Duncan Smith Laugh at BedRoom Tax Debate


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Scotland THIS is why we need a new referendum

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/watch-iain-duncan-smith-laugh-4829195

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”

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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.

Labour's John Robertson sparked IDS' laughter

Labour’s John Robertson sparked IDS’ laughter

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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Sturgeon trump card is not in any doubt


A year that will define a countries future

A year that will define a countries future

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

HISTORY is written by the winners, according to the old truism.

Not the history of the independence referendum. Not so far, at least. The SNP has enjoyed considerable success in implanting its story of the campaign in the public consciousness while the winners have struggled to be heard. The Nationalist narrative is clear. The referendum has given life to a new age of democratic and political engagement in Scotland. Despite being pitted against the formidable apparatus of the British state, the Yes campaign came within a whisker of victory by giving voice to a clamour for radical change. It failed only because people were “tricked,” as First Minister Alex Salmond put it, by promises of more powers for Holyrood and frightened, the older generation especially, by Westminster’s scaremongering. A referendum process characterised by mature democratic debate, the argument goes, has empowered and enriched Scotland. The result was a bitter disappointment but the country has been transformed.

The No side sees it quite differently. In their narrative, a decisive majority of Scots rejected the SNP’s sketchy and implausible economic prospectus. Faced with a noisy and often intimidating Yes campaign, people across the country stoically endorsed the advantages of remaining in the UK. They saw through the Nationalists’ cynical and dishonest claims about threats to the NHS and fantastical claims about Scotland’s untapped oil wealth. They now want politicians on all sides to put the referendum behind them and get on with the business of running the country.

There are lots of reasons why the first version is taking root in people’s minds. Mr Salmond’s well-timed resignation announcement the afternoon after the night before has ensured the SNP has remained the story this week. Mr Salmond himself, his sure-fire successor Nicola Sturgeon and the candidates fighting to replace her as deputy leader have all used platforms to tell their story of the referendum.

No campaigners, meanwhile, vacated that particular field. David Cameron moved instantly from the referendum to fighting the looming General Election. His focus has been putting Labour on the spot by talking about English votes for English laws. Labour decamped to Manchester to indulge in its favourite conference-time activity: infighting. The party’s failure to secure a No vote in the heartlands of Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire has sparked a bout of briefing against Johann Lamont’s leadership. It has also put Labour on the defensive. The main message from Margaret Curran MP, shadow secretary of state for Scotland, and others has been the need to reconnect with the large minority of Labour supporters who voted Yes.

The SNP’s success has put it on the front foot in the new debate about devolving more powers to Holyrood. Although Lord Smith of Kelvin’s commission was established to reconcile competing proposals from Labour, the Conservatives and the LibDems, it is the SNP’s demands which have grabbed the headlines. The details of a new Scotland Bill will not be known until the end of the year but Ms Sturgeon is already positioning herself to argue, as surely she will, that whatever emerges is wholly inadequate and a betrayal of voters who put their faith in the No parties’ home rule vows.

Astonishingly, then, the week after the referendum was lost and its leader resigned has proved a good one for the SNP. And that’s without mentioning the party’s membership has more than doubled.

It cannot last, the downcast winners are muttering with a shake of the head. Unionist MSPs believe the hangover will finally hit the Nats when they see there is no realistic possibility of a fresh referendum, when people embrace the new devolution package, and when those new SNP members turn out to be vanguards of the so-called “45” movement hellbent on dragging the party towards the electoral wastelands of the hard left. It sounds like wishful thinking. In a perfectly-pitched speech announcing her candidacy for the top job on Wednesday, Ms Sturgeon revealed an acute understanding of all those pressures. And her trump card was this: she left no-one in any doubt she actually wants to run the country, not just petition for independence. That should worry her opponents more than anything.”””

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