Welfare 31 December 2012 Quote of the day: Iain Duncan Smith condemns tax credits In the Telegraph, the Work and Pensions secretary attacks Labour's welfare record. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Writing in today's Telegraph - and underneath a mildly terrifying photograph - Iain Duncan Smith claims that the Tories have "brought fairness back to welfare". This Government is on the side of hard-working taxpayers, the people across the country working in the private and public sectors who have seen their pay frozen or cut, as businesses have struggled to keep them in work. And all the while these people have watched those on tax credits or benefits see their income rise, outstripping their earnings. Labour called the comments a "cheap political attack" and referenced an unnamed Cabinet minister, who the Mail on Sunday reported as telling friends that the planned universal credit system championed by Duncan Smith was a "disaster waiting to happen". "The information technology for the new system is nowhere near ready," the minister reportedly added. › Game Theory: talking videogames at the New York Times Iain Duncan Smith. Photo: Getty Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics. Subscribe More Related articles Workers' rights after Brexit? It's radio silence from the Tories Fake news sells because people want it to be true When Theresa May speaks, why don't we listen?