"In the years between 2003 and 2010, Labour spent a staggering £171bn on tax credits, contributing to a 60% rise in the welfare bill," Mr Duncan Smith said.
He also accused previous Labour governments of boosting tax credit payments ahead of the last two general elections in "an attempt to gain short-term popularity".
"It knew what it was doing - this was a calculated attempt to win votes," he said.
An interesting article on BBC -
As yet no Labour response, but one will be up soon I am sure. I wonder how they will deny what is demonstrably true? This Labour policy of giving state money to as many people as possible rather than reducing taxes, always struck me as a way of buying votes...