The PIPs squeaked
It’s been a momentous few days in British politics. Like anyone else, I’m compulsively speculating about Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation. Was it about the budget and disability as he claimed? Or the EU referendum as some commentators believe? Or some other reason for attacking George Osborne? Maybe, following a successful ‘In’ vote, David Cameron was planning to walk off into the sunset, leaving his Chancellor as heir apparent – ‘the chosen one’. Who knows? – all scuppered now of course, and I suspect only time will tell.
What I do know though, is that the spectacle of a Conservative government tearing itself to pieces, on the face of it at least, over disability, is unprecedented. Before the avalanche of Friday night’s resignation, there was the snowball of discontent from backbenchers. And the dramatic resignation of a Tory activist, sabotaging his own ‘Conservative Disability Group’ website, in protest against the treatment of the disabled.
Will any good come out of this? Who knows. But at least, for once, the treatment received by those with disabilities is getting the publicity it deserves.