IT’S hard to believe, but Iain Duncan Smith was once considered the champion of “compassionate Conservatism”.
On a visit to Glasgow that was dubbed his “epiphany”, he was said to be moved to tears by the deprivation he encountered.
Thirteen years have passed and now the compassion, if it was genuine, has been replaced with a breathtaking heartlessness.
He is the architect of policies that harbour thousands of human tragedies.
They include the Bedroom Tax, cuts to tax credits, the cruelty of “work capability assessments” and sanctions that leave people destitute.
Now Duncan Smith has suggested going further still.
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