'See the image below? You’re going to see it a few times in this article because it has absolutely infuriated members of the public.
It shows Iain Duncan Smith – who, as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, enacted Conservative government policies that sent millions of people to food banks – handing over a small bag of sugar at his local food bank.
This is a man who thought £39 was a reasonable price for breakfast (as long as the public was paying for it via his expenses bill) – but said he could live on £53 a week in benefits.
The stunt has earned him nothing but vilification:
Good morning. Have some absolutely impotent fury to start your day. IDS, he of the £39 breakfast, the architect of swingeing Tory welfare cuts, Bedroom Tax, Universal Credit, clearing his conscience with a single bag of sugar. 80p. Probably claiming it back on expenses. pic.twitter.com/hT60ntvdF3
— Jack Monroe (@BootstrapCook) December 6, 2018
This photo makes me physically sick.
This very man is the architect of #UniversalCredit which is hammering the poor & vulnerable in society!
The sheer audacity - the flaming nerve! ?#ToriesSmilingAtFoodbanks pic.twitter.com/an0q7HXdlb
— Ian Lavery MP (@IanLaveryMP) December 6, 2018
It was part of a series of photo opportunities arranged for Conservative MPs across the UK. Smart commentators think they were arranged to win public approval in advance of a possible snap general election campaign in the near future.
… Smarter commentators fabricated their own images to counter the public relations blitz, under the tagline “Tory trophy hunters”.'
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