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Iain Duncan Smith, author of the Welfare Bill. (c) PA

You can’t accuse the Conservative party of being out of touch. They’ve heard the recent wave of discontent aimed at the 1% and produced legislation aim to hit them where it hurts; in the wallet. However, it is unfortunate that they’ve taken aim at the top 1% of benefit claimants rather than the extremely wealthy as Occupy intended. The highly publicised benefit cap is winding its path through the Lords right now as part of the coalition’s flagship Welfare Bill but far from a principled stance, or a necessary adjustment, it is simply playing politics with the lives of the poorest to save a pathetic 0.1% from the welfare budget.

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Much has been written about the backlash to David Cameron’s remarkably ill-advised intervention in the simmering debate about the precise nature of the referendum on Scottish Independence. Many have like Simon commented on the strange complacency that is present in the Unionist camp.  What has been less noticed is the remarkable amount of conservatism  in the debate. In what is a fundamentally a debate about constitutional reform, there was little consideration about ways that the Union could be renewed through constitutional reform. This could be best seen in the demented denunciation of “Devo Max” by Unionists due to the belief that its just a ruse adopted by an Alex Salmond in need of a consolation prize should the Scots (as is probable) reject independence.

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Time to stand back, take a deep breath, close your eyes and count to ten.  Now open them.  Do you see anything different?  Thought not.

Cameron’s veto is perhaps the biggest – and best – spin operation in modern politics.  By doing nothing, but saying a great deal, Cameron has united his backbenchers with him against the EU but, sadly, kept us within a ridiculous status quo in the European Union.

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