“The recurring [Tory] strategy is, if someone disagrees with you, don’t try to argue your case, just try to smear the person or organisation making the attack – say they’re ‘socialist’, ‘stalinist’ or just ‘politically motivated’.”
Let’s all watch Iain Duncan Smith doing that on Question Time on Thursday, as a living example.


There has been a bit of noise on social media to day about this poster produced by the anti-poverty charity Oxfam:


The Telegraph wrote up the story as “MPs shocked by ‘disgraceful’ political campaigning”. The poster coincides with the publishing, by Oxfam of this report called “Below the Breadline”. In it, it discusses poverty in the UK and the rise of food banks. The thing that seems to have irked the Tory Party though is Oxfam having the temerity to link food-bank usage with benefit sanctions, low wages and zero-hour contracts among other things. The Telegraph piece quotes three Tory MPs as criticising Oxfam and reprints a letter of complaint to the Charities Commission from one of the MPs. Conservative columnist for the Times Tim Montgomerie branded the recommendations in Oxfam’s report “socialist remedies”.

The report’s recommendations are in fact rather mild. It calls for an imposition of…

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