Collective head scratching at how Iain Duncan Smith has managed to keep his job at DWP. Two theories are doing the rounds. First: his special adviser doing a Dom Jolly on a train back from a ministerial visit, telling the whole carriage that he’s moving …
Note to SpAds: if you want to save your boss, call a friend on the train and tell them very loudly s/he's being sacked. #reshuffle
— Wes Streeting (@wesstreeting) July 15, 2014
Second: so compelling is the evidence of Universal Credit’s failure that any new secretary of state would be unable to establish their credibility without admitting to grave problems with the system — inevitably adding to the chorus of claims that Duncan Smith has repeatedly misled parliament.
Duncan Smith to stay at DWP. Allowing him to bear burden of Universal Credit before it's put out of its misery in May 2015?
— George Eaton (@georgeeaton) July 15, 2014
Either way, we’ve got more of this to look forward to:
- Universal Credit at 10 Jobcentres — just 730 to go!
- Delusional Duncan Smith claims at DWP questions
- IDS loses battle to keep Universal Credit documents secret
- Minister ‘misleads parliament’ over Universal Credit chaos
- MP censured for suggesting DWP ministers are liars
And this isn’t even touching on the Bedroom Tax.