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8 September 2015

Iain Duncan Smith calls people without a disability “normal”


By Media Mole

Iain Duncan Smith, usually so sympathetic towards disabled people – he selflessly takes their benefits away to help them into work, after all – has called people without disabilities “normal”.

Speaking during DWP questions in the House of Commons, the Work and Pensions Secretary revealed his sinister mindset about disabled people to the world:

Click to enlarge. Source: Hansard, 7/9/15

Other MPs picked up on his language. The Labour MP Kate Green told the Guardian:

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“Iain Duncan Smith’s remarks about disabled people in parliament are offensive, hurtful and ignorant. It’s completely unacceptable for a government minister to single out disabled people as not ‘normal’. The work and pensions secretary should issue an immediate apology for calling non-disabled people ‘normal’.”

And the SNP MP Eilidh Whiteford tweeted that this was a “shocking insight” into the way the minister thinks:

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