Let's just take the Benefits Cap. Here are five reasons why the policy is not going to work the way that Duncan Smith tells us it will.
2. It will punish large families and increase child poverty. The cap applies regardless of family size, breaking the link between need and benefits.
I used to think that Duncan Smith was a reasonable sort of man. But that was well before his dodgy use of statistics to support any case he wants to make (he has been rebuked twice by the UK Statistics Authority for misrepresenting figures) and who could forget his laughable claim that he could live on £59 a week. Here is the problem (actually, it's just one of very many) I've got with him and it's a problem shared with Posh Dave, Hapless Clegg and the rest of them. You cannot design a compassionate system if you have no compassion for those dependent upon it. You cannot achieve justice and equity if you believe in a fundamentally unfair and unequal society. You cannot empathise with the lives of others if you believe that people are inherently greedy and selfish. And that's what it means to be one of Posh Dave's Tories. A pox on the lot of them!