Letter from charities to Iain Duncan Smith about the bedroom tax
However, the reality is somewehat different.
Yesterday, grassroot Conservatives made a special trip to Downing Street to deliver a letter to David Cameron. The letter, signed by current and former local party chairmen, was not to urge Cameron to change his economic policy which is adversely affecting people throughout the country. It wasn’t to highlight that more and more people are being forced to use foodbanks. No, the priority for this group of Conservative campaigners was to tell their leader to abandon support for same sex marriage.
Perhaps then we might see Cameron’s backbenchers and cabinet members make living standards the priority for this government. Er, no. Because Tory MP’s have decided that they want to immerse themselves in a self obsessed, self indulgent row over EU membership.
The economic problems the country faces have found the Tories out. With people still struggling to meet the financial demands of everyday living, rather than looking outwards to address the problems people face, the Conservatives have decided to look inwards to address their own ideologies. This has resulted in a party which looks distant from the everyday problems people face. Furthermore, the Tories look more divided than ever with PM who looks too weak to even keep his own party together.
Consequently, this raises questions about the future for the Tories. A party with members who want to focus on a same sex marriage u-turn rather than jobs. A party which wants to talk about the EU rather than poverty. A party so divided that some are talking about a pact with Ukip. A party who’s divisions fail to inspire confidence and a party which is looking increasingly out of touch with the majority of the country.
After yesterdays comments regarding pensioner’s benefits from Iain Duncan Smith, it seems he’s had a change of heart or perhaps even a loss of memory.
For an interview in the Sunday Telegraph, the work and pensions secretary was asked about benefit payments to wealthy pensioners. Duncan Smith, who earns over £130,000 from his government job, lives in a £2 million home and is reported to have claimed expenses for expensive breakfasts, suggested welathier pensioners could pay their benefits back, quoted as saying: “It is up to them, if they don’t want it, to hand it back. I would encourage everybody who reads the Telegraph and doesn’t need it, to hand it back.”
However, what a difference a day makes. This morning during an interview with the BBC, Mr Duncan Smith said on whether pensioners should hand back their benefits: “I’m neither encouraging or discouraging them”.