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BREAKING: IDS Resigns!!!

March 18, 2016

Dear readers, I know we are all celebrating this amazing piece of breaking news. I’ll be eating chocolate cake while wondering who will replace him!

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has resigned citing pressure to make cuts to disability benefits.

It comes after mounting controversy over £4bn of planned cuts to Personal Independence Payments, expected to affect 640,000 people.

Mr Duncan Smith said the cuts were “not defensible” within a Budget that “benefits higher earning taxpayers”.

Earlier, a government source indicated the changes were going to be “kicked into the long grass”.

The planned changes apply to the formula the government uses to calculate the daily living component of PIP, which will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and come into effect in January 2017.

Mr Duncan Smith, who was the Conservative Party leader and Leader of the Opposition from 2001-2003, said they were a “compromise too far”.

“I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest,” he said in his resignation letter.

“Too often my team and I have been pressured in the immediate run up to a budget or fiscal event to deliver yet more reductions to the working-age benefit bill.

“There has been too much emphasis on money-saving exercises and not enough awareness from the Treasury, in particular, that the government’s vision of a new welfare-to-work system could not be repeatedly salami-sliced.

“It is therefore with enormous regret that I have decided to resign.”

Mr Osborne has insisted the “most vulnerable” will still be protected.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2016 9:42 pm

    Their whole despicable stance re disabled people is falling apart. Even people on their own side cannot stomach the cuts.

  2. March 18, 2016 10:19 pm

    i myself have always put pressure on IDS to resign and with mounting external pressure placed on him from the UN and others i’m delighted to say he has now stepped down

    the deaths of the sick and disabled over the past 6 years has run into many hundreds’ the list here is not the full list but it is still a large list none the less and will in future have repercussions for all involved at some point in the future in a court of law

  3. March 18, 2016 10:32 pm

    IDS knows that the time was right to resign as the deaths of the sick and disabled have been vast in numbers so many in fact that no one has had the time to compile the full list of thousands from the facebook page remember the dead

    many journalists have tried to compile the list but it just goes on for ever and have had to give up

    we may never know how many are on this list as we never thought that the deaths were going to be ongoing for a number of years because i had been given this task for monitoring i would have the figure spot on today with the full names attached’ i could have done it professionally for the world to see

    as it stands thou at least their is a list and although incomplete those that have contributed to maintaining the list have done their best and the country should be proud of them as the task has been the most challenging of all of our lives who have been involved

  4. shaun permalink
    March 18, 2016 10:54 pm

    If readers can remember that moment in the House of Commons when the Chancellor announced a rise in the minimum age (which should be at a higher rate, being based upon a minimum living wage) and Iain Duncan-Smith over-reacted, shaking his arms, etc., it occurred to me there is a man who is acting as if he cares and has, probably, had to fight a desperate battle to get this policy put through. Now I, like others here, have suffered considerable financial and mental anguish at the sharp end of Coalition and now Conservative policies (for some it’s been all together too much, and so lives have been lost), but it does appear IDS had principles and a point past which he would not go.
    While, most of the policies are miss-directed (or miss-represented in that they aim to achieve quite the opposite to what some ministers state they are) and are very poorly implemented (e.g. have to be implemented by huge corporations), it seems he believed in those policies. This should give us some in-sight into how some Tories view the world and so how best to deal with them. Though how IDS managed to mentally dismiss so much evidence from repeated studies must make us all wonder at how isolated, or single minded, our minsters can become.

    • March 18, 2016 11:37 pm

      I think IDS has insight that these deaths are not going away and is feeling the strain as we all have been

      the public are also to blame for voting for elitists when voting. we see in all parts of the world where this takes place be it in the middle east or north Korea and parts of Africa only evil is on offer

      the public need to learn that the health of a country depends on making sure that each family is properly housed as it is the only foundation on which a great country can be built and that means choosing the right mp’s when voting and if none are available then to go out and find the right people as you can be certain they are there and it’s about time the public took time out to find these people as to vote on the hoof is always going to spell disaster

  5. shaun permalink
    March 18, 2016 11:49 pm

    Nick, it is true the public have been foolish in voting the Tories into power. However, we are apt to be fooled by the miss-representation of facts that are pushed out by the printed press and the BBC. As for IDS’s resignation and his actual reasons for doing it, time will tale. I’d not be surprised any reason, his history in office strongly point towards a Machivellian motivation.

    • March 19, 2016 12:14 am

      might well be Shaun. the new leader will be Priti Patel or Justin Tomlinson MP.i believe

      this role of a work and pension minister is very basic and any decent human being could undertake it is not rocket science just a very basic understanding on how people live with there illnesses and disabilities

      if you need to learn this very basic of understanding then you are the wrong person for the job as it is natural for human beings to show their strength in the supporting of those unable to help themselves for whatever reason

      all disabilities and long term illnesses however small can have a very big impact on how that person sees the world’ and is it not for me or anyone else to be a judge on that person as you can be sure that on a bad day that person may not even wish to live at all so it’s vital those that are the ministers of state in charge of looking after the sick and disable fully understand there role and to act at all times with empathy when discussing them be it in private or public so as not to put them under undue pressure on them which could risk their life

  6. Sarah Davis permalink
    March 19, 2016 11:16 am

    The reasons he’s given are rubbish. He’s the one who put forward the PIP cuts in the first place. This is more to do with his disagreement with the rest of them about leaving the EU. I just hope this doesn’t distract people from the fact that nearly all of our government voted for the ESA cuts and haven’t resigned.

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