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The Sun publishes an interview with Iain Duncan Smith on “Benefits Britain.”

What: The Sun publishes an article on “BRITAIN’S shirkers’ paradise”,  quoting work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith as saying that a large proportion of incapacity benefit claimants are cheats, and that Sun readers are right to be “upset and angry” when they see neighbours who do not work.

Why significant: Duncan Smith draws a direct link between the budget deficit and a so-called culture of worklessness said to be created by incapacity benefits – key messaging in the crafting of the “benefit scrounger” narrative. In later years, ministers are careful not to use this kind of rhetoric publicly.


'We are living in a shirkers paradise in the UK', The Sun, 2010
'Anger after Duncan Smith ‘blames IB claimants for budget deficit', Disability News Service, 2010