Wages are low, costs are high, and people need welfare to survive. This is partly the Tories’ fault; they need to fix it

After a brief respite, benefits are back on the agenda, with Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith releasing new figures showing that a million people capable of working are “stuck” on benefits. His report, out today, is bound to get lots of people very, very angry, yet again, although after phrases such as “social cleansing” and a “final solution” where can critics go now? The killing fields? I suspect that this kind of language, which just makes people sound… Read on