In praise of the quiet man

What’s with all the fuss over workfare? So unseemly, this harping, middle-class job snobbery.

UK work and pensions secretary Ian Duncan Smith has dismissed the critics as a “commenting elite” with an “unjustified sense of superiority”. And he should know. The political trailblazer known simply as “IDS” is living proof that being one of life’s serial failures, completely and utterly useless at everything one does, and doesn’t, is no impediment to individual and social advancement. Willingness, dedication and the right attitude are everything.