Show Hide image Politics 1 July 2014 "He’s floating so high on his self-appointed sanctity": watch Glenda Jackson lay in to Iain Duncan Smith Watch the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, Glenda Jackson, make a speech in the Commons shredding the Work and Pensions Secretary to smithereens. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Yesterday in the Commons during a work and pensions debate, the Labour MP Glenda Jackson made an epic speech tearing the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, apart. Highlights include: We have all become used to the Secretary of State avoiding answering any kind of direct question or actually engaging in any of the serious issues which have to do with the destruction of the welfare state and the total and utter incompetence of his department by opting for a self-serving, sanctimonious sermon as opposed to any direct speech. At some point I’m pretty certain he would like to be able to claim that can walk on water – he can’t. Perhaps it is that he’s floating so high on his self-appointed sanctity that he has forgotten what is actually happening out there in this country as a direct result of his incompetence and failure to accept his responsibilities. Watch here: › Sorting fact from fiction: jobs in London vs. rest of UK Anoosh Chakelian is senior writer at the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Is Labour really as doomed as it seems? The polls have got it wrong before Two referendums have revived the Tories and undone Labour If the cuts are necessary, where's Philip Hammond's deficit target gone?