This is probably as close as the photographer could get to Iain Duncan Smith at last year’s Tory conference, what with all the armed guards surrounding him (not pictured), rooftop snipers etc… [Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA].

This Writer can hardly imagine the relief among rival anti-EU campaigns at Iain Duncan Smith’s decision not to join them.

For one thing, they won’t have to be constantly making room for his armed bodyguards at their meetings.

Nor, for that matter, with they have to concern themselves with accommodating protesters against his destruction of the UK benefits system.

They won’t have to find a decent answer to the troubling suggestion that if the Gentleman Ranker really wants to leave the EU, perhaps he should clear off unilaterally, never to trouble the rest of us again.

Particularly enjoyable for some older readers should be his claim that he will be a “great big voice” in the campaign.

Isn’t he supposed to be the “Quiet Man” of British politics?

Iain Duncan Smith is to campaign independently for Britain to leave the European Union, spurning the rival campaigns seeking to act as the main group pushing to quit in the EU referendum.

Amid growing confidence in Downing Street that David Cameron is closing in on an EU deal, the Guardian understands that the work and pensions secretary believes that he should act alone as a “great big voice” in the campaign.

The decision by Duncan Smith, which has emerged as the prime minister embarks on a fresh round of bilateral meetings with EU leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, will add to a growing sense of crisis among anti-EU campaigners.

Source: Iain Duncan Smith to go it alone in campaign to leave EU | Politics | The Guardian

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