Ian Duncan Smith says Blair ‘milked’ 9/11. Did he see Cameron’s speech?

IDS opens his barn door mouth with his eyes shut


Ian Duncan Smith, who as work and pensions secretary has no sympathy whatever for his fellow creatures, has plenty to spare for himself.

Speaking at a fringe event at Tory conference, he effectively blamed Al-Qaeda for his lacklustre start as Conservative party leader in 2001:

“The day before I got elected the twin towers were struck. […]

So first of all we got no lift on my announcement. It had to be buried the following day, hardly anybody was paying attention.

Boo hoo for IDS.

He went on to say:

“And Blair, of course, which maybe you can argue, he milked that for all that was worth.

It was impossible for weeks or months to get anywhere near any domestic debate.”

One wonders whether he saw his own party leader’s speech yesterday. Here’s David Cameron tearing into Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, for remarks he made about 9/11 on Iranian propaganda station Press TV:

“He thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a ‘tragedy’.

No. A tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in New York.

A tragedy is the mums and dads who never came home from work that day.

A tragedy is people jumping from the towers after the planes hit.”

Want some cereal with that milk, Ian?


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