Iain Duncan Wots-his-face
has now resigned and left a space
in Cabinet. The explanation?
Tory party machinations.
But then again, perhaps the bloke
just had enough of pigs, and coke.




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Lynn Dye

Sat 19th Mar 2016 23:41

Brilliant, Steve. I enjoyed this and agree with your comments too.

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steve pottinger

Sat 19th Mar 2016 19:43

You're right, MC. Politicians who resign on principle are rare indeed. But it would be stretching credulity way way way beyond breaking point to suggest that's what happened here.

So I didn't.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 19th Mar 2016 17:15

Politicians who resign from office on a matter or principle are as rare as hens' teeth. IDS's father - a
WW2 fighter pilot, would surely have approved of taking such a stand.
I've never thought that "austerity" measures which cut
back on essential services here in the UK are in any way
compatible with paying billions of pounds per annum to
a Brussels based bottomless pit which resists accounting
of its finances, even to forcing those who try from their

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Harry O'Neill

Sat 19th Mar 2016 15:06

Blimey, the things that happen while I`m on a few days holiday!

I think what made I.D.S. move (and will gain him support) is the sight of those wheel-chair protesters already out there in the streets...And this at a time when pension tax benefit for the well off is (however temporarily) off the table for Brexit reasons...(no wonder certain Tory m.p`s are already feeling the cold draught of the next election...
there couldn`t be a clearer case of unfairness.

Given the electoral consequences of possibly dumping the pensioner`s t.v. and bus passes. ( plus the Tory dislike of
flat rate pension tax relief) It looks like austerity ambitions
of the chancellor are not going to be in place in time for the next election.

Even Corby`s guy is sounding more reasonable.

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Greg Freeman

Sat 19th Mar 2016 11:47

Agreed, Stu. When I first heard he'd resigned, I assumed it was because the Treasury was retreating on the disability cuts. Turns out IDS has some sort of conscience after all, or claims he has. Things certainly don't go better with coke. Nice poetic/political analysis in a few lines, Steve.

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Stu Buck

Sat 19th Mar 2016 10:43

it begs the question, how bad do policies have to get regarding the disabled for the person who essentially destroyed half of remploy (one of the best things this country does for the disabled) to stand up and say 'thats not right'.

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