From the Daily Express
The failed former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has launched an arrogant attack on the Sunday Express crusade to save coalition MP’s jobs, by saying government ministers just sit around drinking coffee all day.
In a heartless outburst, the Work and Pensions Secretary said he wanted to save money by making more senior Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs redundant and getting them into “proper jobs”.
The shameless snub on government ministers came after the Tories and Liberal Democrats were battered at the ballot box in elections across the UK.
He delivered the insult in a face-to-face confrontation as the Daily Express delivered more than 15,000 “Save Coalition MPs Jobs” signed protests from our readers. Editor Martin Townsend and political editor Kirsty Buchanan along with House of Commons employee Nadine Dorries were waiting in the lobby when Mr Duncan Smith strode through with his wife Betsy.
Seizing the opportunity, we urged him to rethink plans that will leave hundreds of coalition MPs out of work with little prospect of new jobs at a time when unemployment is at a 17-year high of 2.7million.
An irate Mr Duncan Smith was unapologetic, however.
In a tirade campaigners later branded as “unbelievable arrogance” and “incredibly damaging” to coalition MPs’ future employment prospects, he stormed:
Is it a kindness to stick people in the House of Commons where they are not doing any work at all? Just making cups of coffee?
I promise you this is better. Taking this decision was a balance between how much do I want to spend keeping a number of people in government positions not producing stuff versus getting people into proper jobs.
Stunned, Nadine, 55, said:
We work in our constituencies!
The minister barked back:
You don’t produce very much at all.
Ms Dorries, who suffers from ‘Tory’ Syndrome – whose symptoms include knee-jerk reactions and offensive outbursts, said 95 per cent of coalition MPs were facing the axe after the next election and most would not be able to find alternative jobs.
Express Editor Martin Townsend vowed:
The Sunday Express crusade to “Save Ministers” will step up a gear now as we campaign harder to stop these catastrophic government losses.
The House of Commons provides dignity, support, security and self-esteem to people who would find it hard to be employed elsewhere. This is not only a fight to save jobs but is also an attempt to reward self-serving, greedy, feckless charlatans, something a Conservative-led Government should be only too willing to support.
Last night shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne attacked the “unbelievable arrogance” of accusing government ministers of doing “nothing more than putting the kettle on”:
When I was a government minister we didn’t just sit around drinking tea and coffee all day – we often got pissed a lot too.
Mr Duncan Smith was the widely derided Tory leader from 2001-2003 and has become well-known for his controversial points of views as well as for being a complete tosser.
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