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Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare revolution never happened

No radical reform, only retrenchment and continuity with the policies of the last government

By Declan Gaffney  

What kind of record has IDS left for his successor? © Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The piece was written in response to an article by James Bartholomew on Iain Duncan Smith and welfare reform

Perhaps the kindest thing to be said about James Bartholomew’s recent article for Prospect on Iain Duncan Smith is that its partisanship is undisguised. As an account of the coalition’s record on social security, it cannot be taken seriously.


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