Some may feel sorry for IDS, here was a man with a profound dedication to his work, a man who now has multiple knives deeply embedded in his back. Having resigned from a crumbling Cameron Cabinet full of filthy vipers, all is not lost however, there is much Brexiting to be done.
The IDS of March
Duncan Smith’s resignation was precipitated by the Chancellor, George Osborne foisting the unpopular disability cuts on the Work and Pensions minister. To be maligned in such a way, when IDS was profoundly against the unpopular cuts on the most vulnerable in society was a step too far, so he walked.
The Cameron government is now trying to backtrack on the cuts to disability, even going as far as to call them mere ‘budget proposals’. However, the damage has already been done.
Treachery and betrayal are part of politics, and the higher one gets, the stabbing gestures are ever more brutal.
Brothers in politics are not exempt either, one only has to look at the case history of the two Milibands to see how that one worked out.
When Hunter S. Thompson wrote about the benefits of the music industry, he could have well been discussing the halls of power in Westminster as well.
“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”
The workings of Osborne, to clear the path for his political dream, may one day backfire, for others will have no qualms about doing what he did to others — to him.