Thursday, 7 November 2013

There's no one left for Iain Duncan Smith to blame

Oh no! What a tragedy! / The poor (rich) man will have to look at himself now. Maybe he's to blame for the failure of Universal Credit and the waste of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money. Is that possible? Or is Iain Duncan Smith a misunderstood genius? Maybe his staff have failed him. / No. He can't blame his civil servants any longer. He's the boss. He's in charge. The buck stops with him.

Dear oh dear, eh? / What I can't understand is why jobseekers are expected to be so incredibly perfect while IDS is allowed to be so horribly flawed. It really is a mystery. If jobseekers are five minutes late for an appointment with their jobcentre adviser, they can be sanctioned - which basically means no money for food. (Are they supposed to starve? Is death the penalty for lateness?) The saintly Iain though (a deeply religious man, he cares about the poor like a modern Jesus) is never punished for anything he gets wrong. / I know that David Cameron is a weak leader, but he must do something about IDS, soon! It's just getting embarrassing, isn't it?

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I'll be working on a conceptual after lunch, No. 168. Why not? You only live once. / What am I going to write about? Well, I might take another look at Aviva Investors. Surely, something must be going on there. I mean, it's been a couple of weeks. Unless they're letting Schroders do all the work.