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Iain Duncan Smith to Lose DWP Job?

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I’ve had Enough! I’m off to Play with My Soldiers.


This morning Iain Duncan Smith’s many friends amongst the unemployed and benefit claimants were shocked to hear this rumour,


Is IDS about to be given his marching orders?


There is a rumour going round this morning that David Cameron is planning a reshuffle next week and that Iain Duncan Smith will be removed as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and replaced with Esther McVey. Is it true? Who knows. It seems to have come from an overheard conversation on a train, so could be bollocks, but I guess we’ll find out next week…


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Now the BBC reports,


David Cameron is preparing to carry out a far wider reshuffle of his government than had previously been thought.

Several sources in Whitehall have told me to expect substantial changes when the prime minister reshapes the team that he will lead in to the election.


There is even some talk of the welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith doing a job swap with the defence secretary Philip Hammond.

They many achievements of the  Secretary of State for Work and Pensions are too numerous to list in full.

But this is amongst the most recent,

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is continuing to block publication of reports set to reveal the failure of the Universal Credit scheme, despite a series of rulings insisting they should be released.

The department submitted a further appeal to the upper tier information tribunal, yesterday afternoon.

The scheme described as the biggest reform to welfare since Beveridge, was meant to begin last autumn, but has been beset by huge problems and delays since it was first conceived by Iain Duncan Smith.

A damning report by the National Audit Office last year found “the programme suffered from weak management, ineffective control and poor governance,” and “has not achieved value for money.”

And only this week (Wednesday 9th of July) this unkind article appeared in a national newspaper,

There is suspicion in parliament about the progress of UC after the National Audit Office claimed, in a damaging report, that ministers had not been sufficiently open about the technology problems that has beset the programme.

Duncan Smith and David Cameron have brushed aside claims that MPs were still being misled about UC’s progress after the head of the civil service on Monday said the business case for universal credit had not been signed off by the Treasury.


Duncan Smith told MPs that UC was being expanded in a controlled way starting with the single unemployed, expanded to couples in the summer of 2014 and then expanded to families later this year. He said: “This careful roll-out is allowing us to learn as we go along”.

With this proud legacy we can only looked forward to Iain Duncan Smith running Britain’s military defence.



Written by Andrew Coates

July 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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  1. I can see why Hammond would make a viable candid as he has experience in a great deal of things however with his skill sets I could think of other departments that would benefit more from his presence.

    If I had to choose a tory (im nonpartisan) I would probably choose him over Ester but like i said I could think of other places best suited for such a person.

    No come backs please like “yeh dangling off the end of a rope).


    July 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    • Well, how about Fester McVile dangling off the end of a rope, then? 🙂


      July 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      • Hey shes a conservative , she would appreciate the classic touches like piano wire and a lamp post


        July 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

  2. “With this proud legacy we can only looked forward to Iain Duncan Smith running Britain’s military defence.”

    He’s going to combine the Army, Navy and Air-force into one fighting force to be known as ‘Universal Soldier’ – to be equipped with flying amphibious armored tanks.


    July 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm

  3. Reshuffle probably has more to do with the abuse scandal surrounding westminster and Dave needing to hide/bury anybody linked to it

    random bloke

    July 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm

  4. Old baldy is getting the push then?

    Pushed or ‘Forced’?

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    • Wants to spend more ” TIME WITH FAMILY” [Allegedly]


      July 12, 2014 at 8:16 am

  5. A man has admitted sparking an emergency evacuation of Dundee’s Wellgate Centre by letting off chilli spray in a job centre lift. lol 🙂

    Chilli Spray Let Off in Jokecentre Lift lol 🙂

    Kiss the Devil

    July 12, 2014 at 6:19 am

    • When does he get the other ingredients for a curry?

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      July 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm

  6. The Guardian is saying that ‘sources close to him’ say otherwise.

    He won’t be leaving. I’ll believe it when it happens, and probably not even then.

    ghost whistler

    July 12, 2014 at 8:16 am

  7. Hang on. Things could get worse if IDS goes!

    Osborne has always been keen for IDS to go, because IDS resists Osborne’s fanatical desire to slash welfare spending even more drastically.

    If the new man (or woman!) at the helm of the DWP works in harmony with Osborne and his insistence of even more welfare cuts, what then for the poor?

    Perhaps more beggars will appear on the streets, only to arrested – with the help of the Salvation Army:


    By the way, the Salvation Army are frequently seen rattling their collection cans in public. Ah, but that’s collecting for charity, not begging! I see!!


    July 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

  8. You have all probably seen ‘Benefits Street’ – Well hang on a sec – here comes Immigration Street.

    Benefits Street team to bring Immigration Street to Channel 4.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm

  9. I’m going nowhere in your reshuffle, Iain Duncan Smith tells Cameron: He resists move as PM set to axe top names and promote women.

    Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told David Cameron he is not going anywhere in a wider than expected Government reshuffle due next week.

    The Prime Minister wants to make way for fresh faces, most of them women.

    Mr Duncan Smith has been at the centre of repeated speculation that he is being lined up for a ‘job swap’ with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

    Allies of Mr Duncan Smith – who is overseeing the most fundamental reform of the welfare state for half a century – said he had no intention of leaving his post.

    ‘He and Cameron have agreed – he’s not going anywhere,’ said a source.

    Of the prospect of Mr Duncan Smith being shifted, the minister said it would be ‘hard to turn down defence – a dream job for most’

    The reshuffle is expected to take place next Monday or Tuesday, before the Commons summer recess.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    • Now if IDS refuses to be transferred to another government department, David Cameron (The Big Cheese) has every right to sack IDS from his position as Work and pensions secretary and the cabinet.

      This would leave the power mad dictator in ruins, no longer would he be able to influence any benefit claimants future.

      Well, should that happen I can foresee IDS being sectioned – (Padded Cell Time), good riddance to bad shit.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      July 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm

  10. SNP blast Conservative ministers for dodging impact of their brutal welfare cuts.

    EMPLOYMENT minister Esther McVey said the Con-Dem Government has no plans for a study on the impact of the benefit sanctions system.

    Eilidh Whiteford, the SNP’s work and pensions spokeswoman, said: “We already knew Iain Duncan Smith was too feart to come to Scotland to answer for his unfair welfare cuts. Now it seems his ­department is too feart to even commission an analysis of the impact of his disastrous policies.

    “Last month, David Mundell finally did the decent thing and admitted the obvious fact that his Government’s punitive welfare cuts are responsible for the growing number of people forced to rely on food banks.

    “Now it seems Iain Duncan Smith is willing to bury his head in the sand and duck responsibility.”


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm

  11. Posted on 12/07/2014 by http://www.refuted.org.uk

    @Tesco admits to using Gov #workfare – no wage work for benefits schemes.

    Debbie ‏@debbie1968bell
    @Tesco do you take staff on that are working for their dole

    Tesco ‏@Tesco
    @debbie1968bell Hi, yes we do take part in the Government Workfare Scheme. I hope this helps. Thanks Ceri


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm

  12. what a nobr!? if hes running defence at least we might get a break.but hold on the glamor puss esther mc vey is waiting in.the wings?! to.take his places by making callous uncaring speeches about the unemployed as his deputy?! women of the n.east millionaire of the year club!? isnt anyone normal in touch in.this govt!? lets just hope we dont have a war or any reruns of esther with her topoff on the gmtv sofa showing off her greatest assets!? cuz it sure as hell aint managing the unemployed!?

    david john Huxtable

    July 13, 2014 at 12:16 am


    Landless Peasant

    July 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    • and so say all of us.

      fiona gregory

      July 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm

  14. He isn’t going anyplace, He doesn’t want to and Cameron doesn’t have the support to move him. The right wing mad hatters in the tory party love him for his hard stance on work shy benefit scroungers.


    July 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

  15. Now that the Government wants people to prove they are depressed or sick to continue ESA DLA entitlement. Where will it stop. Will ALL benefit claimants have too have a medical to get benefits of anykind?


    July 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  16. he can sponge off his very rich wife now.

    fiona gregory

    July 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    • Yes. She Can ”Sanction” Him Too


      July 14, 2014 at 7:22 am

      • Why Did My Avatar Change ?


        July 14, 2014 at 7:23 am

      • Your avatar has changed because either you have used another email address, or you have inadvertently mis-typed your email address!


        July 14, 2014 at 8:19 am

    • He’s been sponging off her for years, already.

      jj joop

      July 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

  17. On these telephone remarks about IDS made on a train, is this the train that was waiting to crash?!!


    July 14, 2014 at 8:21 am

    • Thank You, It looks like a ‘typo’.


      July 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

    • 10 Months And Counting. Lets See What Will Happen Next. As Has Been Said Before. ”’Something Stupid Is Bound Too Happen Before Then”’

      James Middlesex

      July 14, 2014 at 10:50 am

  18. Latest speculation is that IDS won’t be moving, which, if true, means that he’ll have to carry the can for the Universal Credit disaster up to May 2015. I like to play with the thought that the Grand Obfuscator really wants to move this time, but Cameron won’t let the Chief Rat desert the sinking ship.

    Meantime, Smith’s apprentice, Darth McVile, is being tipped for a cabinet position. Again if true, all the experience she gained at the DWP of completely fucking things up then steadily denying that anything at all was wrong will prove invaluable to her.


    July 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

  19. “attend Cabinet” – does Esther Mcvey face sanctions as ‘ last resort if she doesn’t? I notice the upped her MP’s benefits payment to get her there.


    July 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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