(not satire – it’s Iain Duncan Smith!)
No one should be surprised by the extremities of Duncan Smith’s attacks on the welfare state.
After all, Duncan Smith has a history of links to far-right politics – including racist and fascist organisations.
- In 1995, Duncan Smith was one of a few Tory MPs who met with senior figures of the racist and anti-semitic French National Front in Westminster. Le Pen’s deputy, Bruno Gollnisch MEP, later said Duncan Smith and other Tory MPs they met were “sympathetic” to their views:
“I came to meet members of the Conservative Party sympathetic to our views… I met Duncan Smith and others in their offices and later we got together for less formal talks in a bar somewhere in the Parliament building.“
- The vice-president of Duncan Smith’s leadership campaign team in Wales was Edgar Griffin – the father of BNP leader Nick Griffin. Edgar later said the reason he was not a member of the BNP was because it was “too moderate” for him – unlike the Tory Party. And unlike Duncan Smith too presumably.
- A Tory Party far-right wing fringe organisation called the Swinton Circle also supported Duncan Smith in his successful bid to lead the Tory Party. The Swinton Circle is led by former National Front activist Alan Harvey and has close ties to pro-apartheid far-right South African groups such as the Springbok Club.
- Former deputy head of the British Ku Klux Klan, Bill Binding – who later joined the Tories – was also a fan of Duncan Smith. Binding said of our present Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:
“I think he’s very good.“
If you can tell the nature of a politician by his supporters, Duncan Smith is a very extreme politician indeed.
No surprises then that he was one of the first UK politicians to call for the invasion of Iraq. And believes unpaid work makes you free.
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