It’s 2014 — but apparently Iain Duncan Smith thinks it’s okay to refer to a gay colleague as a “pantomime dame”. The cabinet member made the homophobic jibe to out Labour shadow minister Chris Bryant during work and pensions questions earlier this afternoon:
Er, IDS just called Chris Bryant a "pantomime dame".
— Tom McTague (@TomMcTague) January 13, 2014
A bit like Universal Credit IDS dig at me for being a "pantomime dame" arrives rather late for the panto season. #damegate
— Chris Bryant (@ChrisBryantMP) January 13, 2014
It is sadly poignant that a senior member of the government would make this sick comment on the same day that Stonewall launch a campaign on homophobic workplace bullying: