Well, well, well.
Diddums Dunky-Smith (So named after this Mail rant : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2104022/The-delusions-X-Factor-sneering-job-snobs-betray-young.html ) is NOT happy.
It seems some serfs dared to question the wisdom of his Great Reforms. It seems that slavery was a step too far for "ordinary folk" who quite like a bit of X-Factor, and that a department used to getting their own way with absolutely everything - sending cancer patients to the jobcentre, halving support for disabled children and conducting a programme of disability denial I am not allowed to make any comparisons with (*cough* Nazi Germany *cough*) - do NOT like the masses having opinions.
This has made ministers Very Cross.
They have accused their critics of being "A small group of anti-capitalist extremists" (Grayling) "Luddites" "liars" and "elitist snobs" (IDS)
For daring to suggest that forced, unpaid, work, might be a teeny-weeny bit like slavery.
Gracious!! And there was me being so awfully, excruciatingly, polite with all that Spartacus Report stuff!!
So apart from the obvious retort : Pot. Kettle. Black . I just wanted to say one thing.
This department (DWP) have used politicised press releases, media bias, misleading statistics & misrepresentation at EVERY stage, as they tried to push through changes that will hurt millions. It has set neighbour against neighbour, poor against wealthy, sick against healthy. It has knowingly and purposely used the most damning spin and the most cruel angles.
Watching them stamp their feet in a frenzy of entitlement has given me much pleasure. Watching their outrage whilst keeping one eye on the Daily Mail comments - unanimously against the scheme on votes - has been delicious.
Reap what you sow Dunky, reap what you sow.