In a Spectator interview, Iain Duncan Smith, predicted "the unrest would prove to be a turning point in David Cameron’s leadership".
He believed the PM, saw the riots as just as important to his time in office as 9/11 was for Tony Blair..
Mr Duncan Smith or I..D.S as the Tories try to label him in order to give him gravitas (despite his first name being George G.I.D.S?) said:
“This is our warning... the crisis is coming.”His comments came hours after Mr Cameron had defended the courts for handing out tough sentences to rioters.This was despite the fact that Cameron remained on Holiday during the time when England burned only to come back at the end and as Sir Hugh Orde, head of the Association of Chief Police Officers, claimed was
" trying to take the glory for decisions made by senior officers"
Sir Hugh also said the politicians
"had made no difference to the police operation to end the mayhem on Britain's streets".
However even we were to ignore the appalling use of the 9/11 analogy for political advantage it does seem that the Tories are going to use the riots to push forward their agenda of blaming those on benefit for the state of the UK. as Dunacan Smith and other call for the eviction of the families of convicted rioters and for those to lose their benefits.
It would be wrong to say the Tories wanted the riots, but as the public outrage expressed itself you can just imagine the hardliners relishing the opportunity to impose draconian measures on those accused and this reflects the glee that Cameron and other of his cabinet seems to have in the disproportionate prisons sentences so far, Though to the credit of the LiBdems they are speaking out but it shows haw irrelevant thet are when it comes to actual polices.
The right have always reasoned that public disorder plays into their hands as "Middle -England" who may be worried about government polices react against violence on the streets by backing the Government
In the meantime the likes of Iain Duncan Smith a man who .lied on his CV by claiming that he had attended the University of Perugia when he had in fact attended the Università per Stranieri, which did not grant any degrees at that time, and a claim that he had attended the prestigious-sounding Dunchurch College of Management turned out to refer to some weekend courses at GEC Marconi's staff college.
And who even before the scandal over PM expenses was accused of having his wife Betsy on his Parliamentary payroll despite the fact that she had appeared to do no actual work. He was cleared of this but you can read the story here.
This is the man who lectures the unemployed and those on benefits on morality.
Time will tell whether this is "David Cameron's " moment " but the evidence so far after the initial disgust at the riots has died down is that he and his cronies are using this as a means to put forward the authoritarian agenda Cameron and the rest of the Tories secretly want.