As far as the Con/LibDem/NewLabour Coaltion this report will be evidence that the policy will work they way it is supposed to. The thrust behind much of current policy is to: ‘bring hardship to as many as 50,000 large families who will have the rug pulled from under them overnight". And smaller families. And those in work (e.g. reductions in tax credits, the iniquitous clause in the Universal Credit rules that proposes allowing sanction to be imposed if a person does not increase their work income). And those with mortgages (no help after two years if unemployed). And those looking for a home (tax breaks for the slumlords; no help for individual households).
Ian Demento-Smith is clearly fired up by some mystical evangelism. or something used in great quantities at Woodstock that someone has dropped in his morning mug of holy water. Those are the only ways to explain the way he argues that giving poor people more money isn't the answer to making them less poor or that giving poor people money is silly because poor people will simply spend it on drugs poor that everyone's problems can be made to disappear by getting married. He will read this and then, in front of us all, rise above it on his cloud and claim that feeding starving people is not the way to solve their hunger. They should volunteer to help out at their local mortuary as that will be far more fulfilling than mere bread and fishes.