It was the organ grinder not the monkey’s turn to lie about workfare yesterday with Iain Duncan Smith stepping into the frame. Even Chris Grayling cringed as IDS lied outright to Parliament about the results of the doomed Work Experience scheme.
He started out by almost telling the truth when he said that 51% of people had come off benefits after leaving Work Experience. I say almost, because the true figure is 49%, based on a very small sample. IDS used to this statistic to claim that it had been a very positive scheme. When Labour’s Future Jobs Fund delivered the exact same results Cameron claimed it was a disaster.
Then IDS got into his stride and decided that half of people hadn’t just come off benefits, but that “more than 50% of those who enter the work experience scheme go into work”. This is the same lie Cameron told to the House last week and even Chris Grayling rolled his eyes as once again Parliament was casually misled about the Government’s workfare schemes. Cameron might claim to have made a mistake. As Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith has no excuse.
IDS was then asked about the mysterious rewritten document on the DWP’s website. This document had contained proof that Chris Grayling had lied about no-one being mandated to work for big companies on the Government’s Work Programme. Halfway through the workfare row, the key paragraph was ‘disappeared’ to cover up for Grayling’s lies.
IDS said he would attempt to sort out this ‘little discrepancy’, but only if Labour says how wonderful workfare is and slags out the Unions for opposing forced labour. Which was all a bit what the fuck?
It seems neither IDS or Grayling have any intention of telling the truth about welfare policy, either to the public or to their fellow shit-stains in Parliament. And why would they, when they’ve been getting away with lying through their teeth since the second they weren’t elected.
It’s now very clear that no real opposition to this Government will come from the Labour party. The gormless gimp Milliband and his bunch of Tories in disguise have no ideas and nothing to say. We are the opposition now, to the whole fucking lot of them. Whilst workfare is far from over, it has shown that we don’t need Labour, or Union bosses, or any other self-appointed leaders to wring concessions from this Government. Grayling and IDS are fucking with people with very little left to lose. That thought should infect their every waking moment and haunt their dreams.