The strategy of the current Neo-liberal administration is to use the economic crisis to demolish as much of the welfare provision created since 1911 as possible.
So while the pretence is that cuts are being introduced for financial reasons, the reality is that they're being introduced for ideological reasons.
The cuts won't work for financial reasons, if only because the Government needs pensioners votes to have a chance of staying in power and this means buying them off. The bill for this is colossal.
But pensioners' votes will not be enough to save them, particularly with UKIP's strong showing; this means the Government needs to whip up the bigots and prejudiced.
As the general election nears, we shall see hysterical nonsense from various Neo-liberal politicians. Duncan Smith's £53 a week nonsense is one drop in the torrent of clap-trap we can expect in the months ahead.