Iain Duncan Smith has come out fighting today, insulting the Germans, deriding the Prime Minister as a push-over, but most importantly appealing to the British people’s better nature, arguing that the EU is “a force for social injustice”.
He apparently appealed to “those who may have done ok from the EU” to “think about people who haven’t”, targeting people who have benefited from cheap nannies, baristas and low paid East European labourers.
Perhaps IDS should follow his own advice, as someone who has benefited greatly from the EU.
Smith lives rent-free in a £2m (2013 prices) home on the capacious rural estate owned by his wife’s parents, Lord and Lady Cottesloe at Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire. Although relatively small for a country seat (only 1300 acres) The farm brings in £150,000 (in round figures) a year from farm subsidies.
Farm subsidies paid for by the – yes, you guessed it, European Union.
It’s easy for IDS to point the finger at people, because it helps divert attention away from the really big winners of EU largesse. Winners like himself.