THE fallout from the budget has been quite spectacular and has kept me entertained all week. Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) – I have to be very careful not to call him IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which is something entirely different – has thrown his toys out of the pram, big time.
IDS resigned from the cabinet allegedly over the £30 weekly cut in benefits for the disabled and he tore into Andrew Marr on his BBC 1 show when he accused him of standing down over the EU referendum. He said it was nothing to do with that, but was all down to the ‘unworkable’ changes in benefits the boy George was trying to introduce to disabled people.
The former Work and Pensions Secretary launched a searing attack on his own Government, saying that the Conservative party look like they are hitting the poorest where it hurts “because they don’t vote for us”. In what was an electrifying interview, IDS followed his dramatic resignation by saying that he opposed the boy George’s arbitrary welfare cap and his deficit-cutting plans. IDS went even further when he branded the Treasury cuts as unfair and claimed these actions went a long way to dividing, and not uniting society. His final rant gave a strong hint that he felt the Chancellor would never become Prime Minister.
Does he really expect us to believe that this wasn’t all about lining up more support for a Brexit? He championed the cuts himself and the Government’s U-turn had been confirmed before he stood down. He’s probably right about Osborne’s chances of getting the number one job. But then there was a Tory leader in charge from 2001 to 2003 who was dumped because Tory MPs thought he had no chance of winning an election. His name? Iain Duncan Smith
Kevan Blackadder is a media consultant who runs Blackadder Media Limited. Kevan was previously editor of the Gloucestershire Echo and assistant editor of the Bristol Post. A Cumbrian who moved to the South West “for a couple of years” in the 1980s, he can’t quite believe he’s been there ever since.