DWP boss Amber Rudd is being rinsed on Twitter. Again.

Amber Rudd left the DWP logo and a Twitter
Steve Topple

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) boss Amber Rudd doesn’t have the best of times on Twitter. But after a Labour MP took her department to task, she hit back. She’s probably now wishing she hadn’t.

The DWP: an “outrage”

As The Canary previously reported, Labour MP Chris Williamson criticised the DWP and its contentious benefit Universal Credit on RT‘s Going Underground show. Host Afshin Rattansi raised the Peabody Trust’s analysis that over 100,000 children could be left in hardship this Christmas. This, it said, was due to delays in the DWP paying people on Universal Credit.

Williamson called the situation an “outrage”, saying:

Universal Credit in my opinion needs to be completely scrapped. We need a root and branch revision of our social security system… It’s completely broken… Frankly it shames Britain.

Oh, Rudd…

But it seems Rudd noticed Williamson’s appearance on the Russian TV channel. Because she tweeted:

Firstly, as Political Scrapbook noted, between August 10 2015 and October 7 2017, Conservative MPs appeared on RT more than Labour ones. Rudd may also prefer to forget the £820,000 her party received from Russian oligarchs between Theresa May taking office and March this year.

But it was her comments about her government’s record that stuck in people’s throats the most. More children may be “with working parents than ever before”. But in 2017 two thirds (2,680,000) of children in poverty were in households where at least one person works. And moreover, the Trades Union Congress predicts that this figure will be 3.1m children this year.

As for Rudd’s claim that her government has “boosted [children’s] life chances this Xmas”:

  • 80,000 children will be homeless and in temporary accommodation this Christmas.
  • Foodbanks are saying that more children than ever before will need them this festive period.

Rudd’s nonsense did not go unnoticed on Twitter.

Another ‘delusional liar’

First off, Williamson himself hit back:

Other people made broad comments:

While some reminded Rudd of the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty’s recent visit:

But it was Spike who summed up the situation best:

We shouldn’t be surprised by Rudd’s dismissal of Williamson’s genuine concerns. Because as the DWP boss, she follows in the footsteps of another ‘delusional liar’. But the real point here is that when presented with the truth about their disastrous, intentionally cruel policies, the Tories have nothing left but childish insults.

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