Oops. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith really set himself up on Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday.
John Humphrys (interviewer): Could you survive on £53 a week?
IDC: Well….if I had to I would.
I repeat: oops. Judging by the public reaction to IDC’s comment, one might have thought he yelled “bring it on!” while pumping the air in defiance. A petition on change.org for IDC to prove he could live on that amount had received 184,554 digital signatures when I started writing this and 208,988 by the time I finished (about an hour). All this is particularly poignant when your party says stuff like “we’re all in this together”