This video from the British parliament says about itself:
‘Osborne’s budget hitting disabled a new low’ – McDonnell
17 March 2016
From daily The Independent in Britain today:
Minister says the cuts were not defensible ‘in the way they were placed within a Budget that benefits higher earning taxpayers’
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Iain Duncan Smith has resigned from his role as Work and Pensions Secretary complaining of Treasury pressure to make cuts to benefits.
In a statement to the media, Mr Duncan Smith said he [was] “incredibly proud” of his work at the department but said he is “unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self imposed restraints that I believe are…distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest”.
He said he had “rather reluctantly” come to believe “the latest changes to benefits to the disabled and the context in which they’ve been made are compromised too far”.
“While they are defensible in narrow terms, given the continuing deficit, they are not defensible in the way they were placed within a Budget that benefits higher earning taxpayers. They should have instead been part of a wider process to engage others in finding the best way to better focus resources on those most in need”, he continued.
He said: “I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest. Too often my team and I have been pressured in the immediate run up to a budget or fiscal event to deliver yet more reductions to the working age benefit bill.
“There has been too much emphasis on money saving exercises and not enough awareness from the Treasury, in particular, that the government’s vision of a new welfare-to-work system could not be repeatedly salami-sliced.
Iain Duncan Smith: Government civil war as Tory ministers clash over IDS resignation – in quotes: here.
Now Iain Duncan Smith has done the honourable thing, it’s time for Osborne to resign. The Chancellor’s economic plan and indeed his own morality are bankrupt. This is his last chance to do something that’s right for the country: here.