Iain Duncan Smith advises those hit by the spending cuts to “Look further afield for spare change. Down the sides of the sofa for instance…”
“It is time to put the ‘big society’ into action. Everyone needs to play a part in making the most of what they have and can find, especially you lot in Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales. Scrounging is not a privilege anymore.
We need to stop giving beggars our spare change and invest it into creating businesses.
But Huw Lewis, Labour AM for Merthyr, argues that “Many who have been affected by the huge spending cuts just don’t have enough spare change to do this” and states that it is “Utterly shocking that the Tories could attack those who are poorest in our society”.
Iain Duncan Smith supports his fellow conservative Norman Tebbit’s famous phrase “Get on your bike and find a job”, whilst adding, “I am sure that this lot have more money than they are letting on. I mean, residents in Merthyr must have had their sofas for years now. Just think how many pound coins must be lurking behind Matalan receipts and moulding kebabs".