What does it tell us about David Cameron that he thought Ian Duncan Smith was the right person to head the Tories social justice farce? It either means you are not serious about the subject or it means you are stupid (or both).
Just saw IDS on the Sunday Edition interviewed by Andrew Rawnsley and he bumbled his way through a few interesting facts about marriage breakdown and cohabiting splits and then refused to answer every question on what the Tories planned to do about it.
300,000 words and nearly a year of investigation and not a single policy, just vague comments about how good marriage is. So what? What are the Tories scared of? I think I understand what the Tories are up to.
It is pretty clear the Tories are just trying to sound 'caring' about social justice and then will quietly announce the same policies they always do - give money to wealthy 'deserving' parents and sod the rest.
Of course the sort of people who go through the process of marriage ARE less likely to split up, but as Polly Toynbee suggests it is not the marriage certificate that makes the difference to social justice.
Duncan Smith had no answer when Rawnsley pointed out that single parent families are higher in Denmark but poverty there is much lower because the state redistributes more. This is clearly not on the Tories agenda. Just some nice soundbites about how much they 'care' and then announce the same policies that Thatcher managed to triple child poverty with. Well hopefully they won't fool too many people and if the recent Tory drop in the polls is anything to go by, just maybe, people are beginning to realise what the 'Con' in Con-servative really means.