Goodness, aren’t we misunderstanding the Tories? This idea that Ian Duncan Smith would change his tune if forced to live on £53 a week. It’s a variation on speaking-truth-to-power, isn’t it? He already knows very very well that he is forcing people into despair and immiseration. Conveniently, when they riot, he can justify treating them like animals, cos, well “they’re no better than animals.”
The Tories surely know they are one-term-wonders (barring some obliging Argentinian generals). They are trying to wreck everything, sell everything that isn’t nailed down (and get a claw hammer for things that are), and line their own pockets for afterwards.
And surely a lot of this rhetoric – that resonates with large portions of the population, as John Harris observes – taps into the idea that we have been living high on the hog and need to be PUNISHED (“we” is a slippery concept, of course. It is all a semiological semi-illogical psycho-analytic field day.)
Anyway, Viz, as usual, nails it (see below). And the same day I buy my copy, there’s this in the Grauniad about his attempts to put the frighteners on Merkel and Hollande coming unstuck…