Devastating impact of 'bedroom tax' sees huge leap in demand for emergency hardship handouts
|Iain Duncan-Smith ; Secretary of State for Work and Pensions|
Iain Duncan-Smith invents a policy which, ultimately costs more than the problem it was supposed to solve. Nothing new there then. However, the policy has been exceedingly successful in one very crucial respect. It has exacerbated tensions and divisions within society and may have created even more. The comments section of this Huffington Post article is littered with bile and venom directed by contributors who need additional bedrooms against those who have "empty bedrooms", or people in receipt of benefits against those who are not, and even some other ramification "us and them" syndrome. The people of this country must realise that the enemy is not the person living next door. The enemy is the person generating the divisive policies and the government who have division as an objective. The enemy is the political philosophy which created the problem, not the victims of it.