Exit IDS: Except he hasn't so much walked off the political stage as slithered.

Exit IDS: He hasn’t so much walked off the political stage as slithered.

Okay, it might not have been framed in quite the way expressed in the headline above, but that’s what the latest claims about Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation seem to be saying.

The allegation is that he was unhappy that the Conservative Government was continually targeting its cuts on working-age benefits, and wanted pensioners to take some of the pain as well, contrary to a directive from prime minister David Cameron that senior citizens’ benefits are not to be touched.

He would have taken away universal pensioner benefits like free bus passes, together with the winter fuel allowance and cold weather payments.

The effect of these cuts would have been a large increase in pensioner deaths – as predicted by the Taxpayers’ Alliance when that organisation suggested such cuts, only a few months ago.

An article in the Daily Telegraph at the time said the TPA had suggested the government could cut pensioner benefits now because they might “not be around” at the 2020 general election.

“The group, which seeks to cut the bill taxpayers are faced with, also hinted that some pensioners might forget about the cuts when they go to the ballot box in more than four years time,” the paper added.

Charming.

But IDS has been saying the same for years.

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