Tuesday, 2 April 2013

IDS Hits Back: 'I Know What it's Like to Live on the Breadline'.

'You what mate?' IDS has been unemployed twice

Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) has sensationally hit-back at a petition to have him live on £53 a week after the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions said in an interview 'he would if he had to', calling it a "complete stunt".

tbg can reveal IDS told his local newspaper - "I have been unemployed twice in my life so I have already done this (lived on the equivalent of £53 a week). I know what it is like to live on the breadline."

Solihull comprehensive school taught IDS says that the petition stunt is distracting attention away from the welfare reforms - "Which are much more important and which I have been working hard to get done."


Anonymous said...

Sick of this petition. The whole point is that benefits are there to give you enough to live on, if you work yes you earn considerably more. Otherwise, we could go for full a communism style system where everyone lives on £53 a week, and then yeah, great, everyone can be on benefits till the money runs out, and then no-one can have any benefits or any money.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many CFers could live on £53 a week. Of Daddy's cash.

Paul Webster said...

Iain Duncan Smith

He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Fremantle, daughter of the 5th Baron Cottesloe, in 1982. The couple have four children, and live in a rented house on his father-in-law's estate in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire.

His wealth is estimated at £1 million, much of which has been acquired by after-dinner speaking.

Sign the petition at

change dot org/en-GB/petitions/iain-duncan-smith-iain-duncan-smith-to-live-on-53-a-week

320,946 signed

Anonymous said...

IDS sound too much like IBS and both are a pain in the arse! Minimum wage should be a living wage. Cutting the benefits from hose who have least is a criminal act. To ensure that workers have higher pay than those who do not work, raise the minimum wage.
Either the government has been recklessly giving my tax money away for decades by paying out too much in benefits, which should be the minimum required to live on with dignity or they have just cut their income to below the minimum required to live with dignity.
The only good that will come of it is that when you pick on those with nothing to lose, with no power to take industrial action, civil disobedience is their only option. Bahrain's unpublicised public protest had 80% of the population on the streets. Let's see if this country can muster such support.

Anonymous said...

I already did, there were just 151 signatures and now 250,000+ He will have to do it if he wishes to maintain any credibility at all.

Ron Wild said...

This man has introduced a policy that will be as deadly to the Tory Party as the Poll Tax was to Thatcher's government.

Anonymous said...

What a load of shite
Benefits should be a safety net not a lifestyle choice
I know plenty of people in receipt who can afford to blow our money on fags booze trips to London to watch wrestling shows and crap tattoo's. I think people should get a reality check I work full time and manage to live on under £50 a week after bills which is exactly what IDS said its not hard albeit it's not so glamorous

Anonymous said...

It's shameful really that anyone is up in arms over a 26k for families and 18k for a single person cap on benefits. That's still more than I get working full-time!!

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