People have declared that a bizarre defence of Iain Duncan Smith’s DWP record isn’t fit for work

IDS and the DWP logo
Support us and go ad-free

The DWP has been accused of “grave” and “systematic” violations of disabled people’s human rights by the UN. On 7 September, it effectively whitewashed these claims. A few days later, the DWP released a report that downplayed the impact of Universal Credit sanctions. A few days after that, bizarrely, the right wing news site Guido Fawkes saw fit to defend Iain Duncan Smith – the architect behind many of the DWP’s current failures:


Guido Fawkes pointed out in a response to its own tweet:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

People had some issue with the site’s assessment:

People being in jobs is great, but not if those jobs are increasingly precarious. It’s also not great when wage growth is consistently low. In 2017, we were predicting to see wages grow less than Italy, Greece, and Hungary. The record for 2007 to 2015, according to the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, painted a dismal picture:

The broader employment issues in the UK are down to the Conservative Party as a whole, but Duncan Smith’s individual record at the DWP is nothing to be proud of:

In December 2017 it was reported that suicide attempts by unemployed disability claimants had more than doubled since the introduction of ‘fit-to’work’ assessments. These were introduced in 2008 by Gordon Brown’s Labour, but became ‘tougher’ under Duncan Smith, and were linked to ‘additional suicides‘.

Money saving?

Someone else pointed out another issue with Duncan Smith’s reforms:

In 2016, it was found that fit-to-work assessments were indeed costing more money than they saved.

Track record

The right-wing Guido Fawkes has been criticised before:

This hasn’t always stopped ‘centrists’ from sharing the site’s content, though:

One commentator pointed out why continuing to do so is only making the centrist position more unpalatable:

Anyone who shares Guido Fawkes should remember this moment – the moment when the site defended Iain Duncan Smith’s record at the DWP. Because if it wasn’t obvious what these people stand for before, it’s painfully clear now.

Get Involved!

– Join The Canary, so we can keep holding the powerful to account.

Featured image via YouTube

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed