Yes. Don’t worry, this mole was as surprised as you are.
Luckily, Twitter was quicker off the mark…
First up, the politicians.
Wow. When even IDS thinks it’s a cruel cut too far, it is definitely time for a fundamental rethink https://t.co/rJIB4beuuO
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 18, 2016
To all intents and purposes there is no government when governing party split on budget, welfare and foreign policy.
— Chris Bryant MP (@RhonddaBryant) March 18, 2016
Stunned at IDS resignation letter. I was about to vote against ESA cuts when he sought me out – he personally and angrily begged me not to.
— Nadine Writes Books (@NadineDorriesMP) March 18, 2016
Other than Osborne then? https://t.co/4Cdy9cu1YK
— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) March 18, 2016
Then, the incredulous
It’s the final indignity for George Osborne that Iain Duncan Smith somehow managed to resign on principle.
— Caroline Crampton (@c_crampton) March 18, 2016
Iain Duncan Smith says he has resigned because he thinks that benefit cuts have gone too far.
Think about that one for a moment
— Mark Ferguson (@Markfergusonuk) March 18, 2016
Then, this very good point…
At least we can all stop pretending that universal credit is going to happen now.
— Sam Freedman (@Samfr) March 18, 2016
And finally… some concern?
Iain Duncan Smith has quit his job voluntarily. It’s a first offence so his sanctions will lead to a loss of benefits for a month.
— Carl Packman (@CarlPackman) March 18, 2016
Reasons IDS resigned:
1. Issues with George
2. EU stuff
4786. Taps not shiny enough in DWP loo
— Rafael Behr (@rafaelbehr) March 18, 2016