Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Iain has the benefit of a free home

Iain Duncan Smith
Iain Duncan Smith

As I write, the online petition urging Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to prove his claim he could live on £53 a week has garnered 365,000 signatures in a record-breaking two-and-a-half days.

It's hard to say what's enthusing signees more – Duncan Smith's ushering in of cruel and unjust benefits slashes to "incentivise" fearful, struggling (mostly already working) families, or his smarmy little pug face, which one must confess one would not tire of flicking bogies at. Whichever it is, I think we're being rather unfair.

I believe IDS could survive on £7.57 a day, especially if he only had to do it for, say a day, or maybe 12 hours. Let's remember, he has little or no rent to pay on that £2m Tudor farmhouse in Buckinghamshire his father-in-law, the 5th Baron Cottesloe, gifted him and his Eton-educated children a decade ago. That's one fab saving right away!

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