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Poverty comes in red and blue – a reply to the Guardian’s Michael White

18 November 2014 15:03

I have the honour of having my Ch4 Dispatches documentary, now available online, reviewed by Michael White in the Guardian today. I…

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Meet the NFL player who admires Iain Duncan Smith

21 October 2014 16:02

Connections between Iain Duncan Smith and NFL players may be few and far between. But Mr S is pleased to have…

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The Scottish jobs miracle is an argument for Union, not independence

17 September 2014 19:09

One of the more bizarre aspects of the Scottish independence debate is the idea that UK welfare reform somehow doesn’t…

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The conservative case against Iain Duncan Smith

30 June 2014 18:04

Labour held a debate on Iain Duncan Smith’s stewardship of the welfare state today. Tory MPs backed their man, as…

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We get few answers from the Work and Pensions grudge match

23 June 2014 17:41

Departmental questions have, by this stage of the parliament, all developed their own characters. There is the colourful combat of…

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Michael Gove’s campaigning job

23 April 2014 18:22

Who will go where in the forthcoming reshuffle? Guido suggests that Michael Gove could be in for a move to…


Even Iain Duncan Smith’s critics can’t reject his welfare reforms

7 April 2014 18:18

Iain Duncan Smith’s speech today setting out the moral mission behind his welfare reforms (his series of interventions doing this…

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The Conservatives’ moral mission: jobs, jobs, jobs

1 April 2014 10:56

Remember Labour’s defining mission: ‘education, education, education’? Yesterday we had the Conservative equivalent ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’. In what some might…


How food banks were shunted around government departments

21 March 2014 14:34

It is well worth reading Paul Waugh’s interview with Iain Duncan Smith in the House Magazine for a number of…

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Iain Duncan Smith ties himself into universal knots over welfare reform

9 March 2014 13:50

Will Universal Credit ever become universal and will the lowest paid still face an effective tax rate of a sometimes…

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Welfare cap will change the way cuts are made

26 February 2014 11:56

The Sun’s report that pensioner benefits will be included in the overall cap on welfare spending highlights an interesting shift…

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MPs push ministers on regional benefit cap – as Tories mull putting it in manifesto

24 February 2014 16:23

One of the regular duties of a Work and Pensions minister is to defend his or her programme of reform…

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Did an archbishop really call for more public spending in response to food bank usage?

18 February 2014 19:33

Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has spent an awful lot of time since his recent interview with the Telegraph clarifying…

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Guinea-pigging, carpets and foreign language courses: the universal credit fog

3 February 2014 21:17

You can tell how little someone respects and admires someone by the number of times they say ‘with respect’. Based…

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Explaining the IDS vs Osborne split on welfare

24 January 2014 11:29

‘Do you know what they used to call us?’ asked Theresa May ten years ago. ‘The nasty party.’ No one…

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Iain Duncan Smith was defending welfare reform from his own colleagues as well as the Left

23 January 2014 19:56

Compassionate Conservatism has taken a bit of a kicking in the past few months: from leftwing critics who want to…

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Iain Duncan Smith’s speech on welfare reform – full text

23 January 2014 10:42

The Work and Pensions Secretary was speaking to the Centre for Social Justice this morning. Introduction It is a pleasure…

Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

The Tories’ hunger games

16 January 2014 11:59

Last night I went to hear Chris Mould of the Trussell Trust speak at my local church. The scene appeared…


Podcast: Benefits Street vs the left, Cameron’s Euro mission and our 1964 expose

16 January 2014 8:30

Has Benefits Street exposed Britain’s dirty secret? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson debates the Labour MP…

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Iain Duncan Smith: People are shocked by ‘Benefits Street’ and Labour will thank us for welfare reform

13 January 2014 16:35

Channel 4 screens the second episode of its Benefits Street documentary tonight, as a petition calling for it to be…


In defence of Channel 4’s Benefits Street

10 January 2014 12:55

Few subjects are more unfashionable than British poverty. And judging by the reaction to Channel 4’s brilliant documentary Benefits Street,…

There are better ways for the state to save money than by making large families the preserve of the well-to-do.

Cap child benefit? There are better ways to cut the welfare bill

16 December 2013 14:38

David Davis is plainly right that the Tories are just testing the water to see how talk about capping child…

Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit project has become a circular firing squad. Photo: Getty Images.

Universal Credit is turning into an IT project disaster

10 December 2013 19:02

Universal Credit has replaced Labour’s NHS supercomputer as the ABC of how not to manage an IT project. Just six…

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Pathfindering and lobster pots: IDS defends Universal credit

9 December 2013 22:01

If you’d judged the success of universal credit purely on Iain Duncan Smith’s tone at the Work and Pensions select…

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Number 10 defends IDS and universal credit

9 December 2013 12:32

It’s a bit pointless asking whether the Prime Minister has confidence in Iain Duncan Smith, so this morning his spokesman…