‘But beneath the talk of "we're all in this together" (a phrase specifically recommended for repeated use by Republican pollster Frank Luntz), what the chancellor announced on welfare was largely a laundry list of cuts that penalise the vulnerable and the working poor. And in doing so he undermined some of the more admirable aims of Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, like simplifying the benefits system.’
Crude politics, but it is a long stride from Labour’s stance to that voice which howls of a ‘final solution to the poor’. Labour’s sudden sympathy with IDS insulates them from accusations of being ‘ideologically outmoded’; it can then attack the government's specific welfare reforms because they always come in the form of money saved/spending cut. For instance, Alexander doesn’t praise a single welfare reform announced last week; all get the imperial thumbs down.