Op-ed: Unlike other front bench Tories Stephen Crabb, 43, who was appointed minister for work and pensions Saturday to replace Iain Duncan Smith who quit Friday, was not born into a life of privilege.
He is a rare commodity in the current Tory party but don't let that sucker you in-he will follow through on Duncan Smith's work, slashing budgets, wasting money inventing ever more ludicrous schemes and costly administration for health assessments aimed at putting pressure on some of the most vulnerable people of the UK.
There is big money in fit for work assessments and providing private health care, and those making money at perhaps your expense have links to the Tory party.
So what do we know about Stephen Crabb?
Wikipedia writes "Crabb was born in Inverness, Scotland to Scottish and Welsh parents but was brought up in Pembrokeshire, Wales. His mother was a single parent who raised him and his two brothers on a council estate after separating from his violent father. Crabb said that his early experiences informed his beliefs on welfare. "The most powerful thing to me, looking back, is the way that my mother went through a crisis in her life and became welfare dependent. She started working just a few hours each week, increasing her hours and then moving to a position where with extra training she was able to move into full-time work, become a car owner, and reach full economic independence.”
While you may applaud his determination in becoming an MP after a tough start in life his words will send a chill down the spine of many social security claimants. The trouble is when you have a tough start in life the odds are you will go one way or the other.
And even a tough start in life is relative.
One way would result in you having empathy and compassion being able to relate to the terrible things that sometimes happen in life.
Or you could simply shrug your shoulders at the pain of others and say 'I did so why can't you'.
Sadly it looks like MR Crabb is from the second group.
But what this succession of Tory DWP bosses fail to understand or accept is that people are not a one-size fits all.
At least Crabb has known what we often call real work as a student during the summer months and working on building sites. Many of us did similar when young but that does not mean everyone is able to find such work or carry it out.
Coming back to haunt Crabb following his appointment as DWP boss Wikipedia notes:
The conclusion then has to be that Crabb is a mixed bag but in the final analysis he is just another Conservative politician who will be prepared to see through measures that cut money available to the poor and vulnerable while ensuring tory donors and supporters and the uber rich get that bit richer along the way.
Duncan Smith's resignation letter and David Cameron's written response, as he said he was puzzled over the timing, highlight a political party falling apart.
IDS tries to say he quit as he was being forced to make tough choices but he has appeared to gleefully lap slashing benefits up during his time at the DWP.
Cameron says in his response that he is proud of the work they have achieved while some Tory MPS are scuttling around playing the blame game and failing time and time again; notably Nadine Dorries.
Political pundits see Tory post-budget events as a result of splits within the party over Europe and jockeying for position as David Cameron winds down his time in office.
Who will replace Cameron? Who cares unless you are a Tory? The fact is whoever it is it will be more of the same until the Tories are out of government.
But surely Crabb's first task will be to quit his role as patron of Mencap Pembrokeshire?
[Meme creators have already been at work and below are just a couple welcoming Crabb into his new post]