IDS – doing what Cameron wants him to do.

Yes, Iain Duncan Smith keeps his job.  The BBC seems not to have noticed this. 

So why is he still there?  Political Scrapbook has two theories:

one is that they didn’t want to justify the supposed leak of his demotion by a Spad on a train;

and the other is that anyone else taking on the job would have to admit to the grave problems with UC, so best leave it alone.

 I have another theory – that he stays put because he’s doing what Cameron wants him to do.  Michael Gove went, to great rejoicing in every school staffroom in the country; teachers vote, and some might vote Tory.

IDS would have gone to exultation among the poorest – who never vote Tory.

Esther McVey keeps her job too (and a seat in the cabinet, which is meaningless) but Mike Penning has gone.  He had shown far too much compassion for the disabled and contrition for the Atos mess.

So there now isn’t a minister for disabilities, but Mark Harper comes in as Minister of State at the DWP – not sure what that means.  Harper is a youngish right-winger.  That seem to be the main theme of this reshuffle.  All the moderates have gone (I don’t count Gove in that) and a firm right-wing stance is set for the rest of this government.


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15 Responses to IDS – doing what Cameron wants him to do.

  1. Bill Kruse says:

    IDS has fiddled the unemployment figures enabling Osborne and Cameron to claim there’s a recovery. Why would they move him?


  2. sdbast says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.


  3. jaypot2012 says:

    A shame Mr Smith didn’t get fired 😦 I just wanted to see the look on his gob – ach well, in May I’ll get that look from all the tories as they get kicked out – I won’t include the Lib/Dems as they are no longer a political party, or at least they won’t be!


  4. jaypot2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    I’ve got to admit, I didn’t half laarf at McVey – out she came and started posing like a model – idiot! She’s got an invite to go look in on the cabinet – just a little bit of a tease really, ‘cos she sure as hell thought she was going to get a good promotion. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person *whistles*


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  6. Mr.Angry says:

    Cameron should be tried for treason


  7. beastrabban says:

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Glynis comments that the cabinet reshuffle has effectively purged it of moderates. They also speculate on how IDS has kept his job, with Glynis herself suggesting that he staying because he’s doing exactly what Cameron wants. I agree. IDS was one of the leading members of Cameron’s campaign to get himself elected leader of the Tory party. From that angle, IDS is a vital ally who shares all of his master’s views.


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