So as I was writing last night’s Friday Night Music Club, the news broke that Ian Duncan Smith had resigned from his position in the UK Government as Work and Pensions Secretary, apparently in protest over the proposed cuts in personal independence payments (PIP), which, since the Budget announcement earlier this week, have been subject to much scrutiny, criticism and protest. In short, there was to be a £4.4 billion cut to funding for PIP, which assists people with disabilities.
I don’t buy this as his reason. For a start, he was all for it when it was official policy. Secondly, this is no man with a conscience: cuts that Duncan Smith introduced under his regime have produced an increase in the number of food-banks, have made tenants less secure and have left children impoverished simply for having being born into larger families. People were left penniless for weeks on end. I was unemployed when his cuts started, and thankfully found work just in time to escape the full force of his actions.
Whatever his reasons for going, I’m glad to see the back of him. Sadly, I suspect it’s not the last we’ve seen of him.
And since he quit his job, presumably he’ll have to wait 26 weeks before being entitled to any benefits (one of the reforms he brought in).
Anyway, you didn’t come here to listen to me rant, you came here for some tuneage. This song seemed appropriate: