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In a move that will outrage many claimants, the most divisive and anti-claimant secretary of state for work and pensions in many years, Iain Duncan Smith, is to spend next week standing in for Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2.

In an effort to show impartiality, the BBC have employed Ed Miliband to host the Jeremy Vine show this week.

However, there is an enormous difference between Miliband, who simply failed in his attempt to lead Labour to an election win and IDS, who has caused so much misery and hardship to so many people.

IDS was feared and despised by many sick and disabled claimants, not just because of his role in introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment.

It was also the rhetoric which IDS used, and allowed the DWP to use, which inspired ever greater hatred of claimants. The increasing dehumanisation of claimants helped to ensure that the vicious ramping up of sanctions against claimants under IDS met with public approval.

IDS was also renowned for misusing, or simply making up, statistics. The UK Statistics Authority found that claims that 50% of DLA awards were made without any supporting evidence and that 71% of DLA awards were indefinite were both untrue.

Another claim by IDS that 8,000 people had moved back into work as a result of the benefits cap was found to be unsupported by any evidence.

IDS also dropped out of a hustings in his own constituency in 2015 after it was revealed that the sister of David Clapson, the diabetic former soldier who died after his benefits were cut, would be attending.

If you’d like to tell the BBC what you think about IDS being used as a presenter for a week, contact details for the Jeremy Vine show are here

Comments  

+2 #8 irisheyes 2017-06-29 16:54
Quoting Peter Llewellyn:
I've been listening to him this week an so far he's made a good job of being impartial. I know he caused many problems for the disabled (of I am one)but I blame that on his boss George Osborne.
At least IDS had found a conscience and quit over cutting benefits to disabled folk. If Osborne was now Prime Minister the austerity would be 10 times worse!

Ian Duncan Smith did not grow a conscience. Whatever he did was done from political expediency and probably to further his own career. I listened on Monday and he was, indeed, impartial. That is not the issue.
-1 #7 Peter Llewellyn 2017-06-28 23:09
I've been listening to him this week an so far he's made a good job of being impartial. I know he caused many problems for the disabled (of I am one)but I blame that on his boss George Osborne.
At least IDS had found a conscience and quit over cutting benefits to disabled folk. If Osborne was now Prime Minister the austerity would be 10 times worse!
#6 irisheyes 2017-06-27 15:49
I RECEIVED A RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINT I MADE YESTERDAY TO THE BBC. IT SAYS THIS: 'Thanks for getting in touch about Iain Duncan Smith standing in for Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2.

We’re sorry to learn of your concerns about this and as such the Editor of the Jeremy Vine Show Phil Jones explains the following:

“This follows a tradition of Radio 2’s popular current affairs show, being occasionally guest-presented by prominent politicians which began with figures such as Neil Kinnock and the late Charles Kennedy in the early 1990s.

Political coverage is the bedrock of the programme and this is a sign of how important politics is to Radio 2, especially at such a key time in the nation’s history. Each day we will cover the big stories that affect our listeners and continue to inform, educate and entertain the Radio 2 audience.”

In addition, it’s worth highlighting that the former Leader of the Labour Party presented the show the previous week.

Please be assured your complaint has been made available through our daily reports to BBC Radio 2 staff and senior colleagues. This ensures the right people receive feedback promptly.

We appreciate the time you’ve taken to raise this with us. I HAVE MADE A FURTHER COMPLAINT. HERE IS WHAT I WROTE:
In the email which I received this morning I was told what I already knew and so I have had to make a complaint about the response This is what I wrote:My complaint was this: Why Ian Duncan Smith? I set forth quite clearly my reasons for objecting to this particular Conservative politician and Phil Jones chose to ignore it. I am furious at being thus patronised. Please respond.
#5 irisheyes 2017-06-26 21:18
It will carry more weight with the BBC if people make official complaints. Here is the link http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints
#4 caiti 2017-06-23 12:08
Doubt whether he will discuss his time as minister for Dept. for Work & Pensions or any decisions made by the department. Best not to tune in really.
#3 polly 2017-06-21 12:32
The link to the petition won't work. :sad:
+2 #2 Sparklykoi 2017-06-21 10:16
Or jam the switchboard with calls when he is on, make him answer to his conscious cruelty against people.

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