Following Iain Duncan Smith’s evidence on Monday, DWP select committee member Glenda Jackson brought a fiery point of order in the Commons immediately after PMQs earlier. Jackson highlighted the manner in which the Quiet Man thinks he can talk to MPs asking basic questions about Universal Credit:
“With respect, I don’t have to tell the committee everything that is happening in the department until we have reached a conclusion about what is actually happening.”
“With respect, chairman, I do not think this committee can run the department.”
With IDS claiming he had “nothing to tell” the MPs about experts drafted in to rescue the IT underpinning his flagship policy, Commons speaker John Bercow confirmed that the job of the DWP Committee is to, errr, scrutinise DWP.
At one point in Monday’s proceedings, IDS said he did not understand what Glenda Jackson was talking about — and that it sounded as if she was speaking in a “foreign language”.
Scrapbook trusts that her intervention today was clear enough for him.