It’s the way the pasty crumbles for Chancellor George Osborne tonight after Iain Duncan Smith resigns as work and pensions secretary.
Mr Duncan Smith quit over disabled benefit changes just days after the Budget – although there are suspicions about whether the Tory infighting over Brexit could be an underlying factor as well.
But in his resignation letter, Mr Duncan Smith wasn’t backwards in coming forwards when it came to having a go at Mr Osborne and the Treasury.
“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.”
“It is therefore with enormous regret that I have decided to resign.”
The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg in her analysis tonight, said: “There has been animosity between the chancellor and Iain Duncan Smith for some time.”
For some reason, it reminded me of pasties and the now infamous pasty tax in the omni-shambles budget from a few years ago that quickly unraveled.
Mind you, it looks like David Cameron has lobbed one back at Mr Duncan Smith in his reply to his colleague’s resignation letter – oh and confirming a u-turn or at the very least a kick into the long grass over the disability benefit changes.
“We all agreed that the increased resources being spent on disabled people should be properly managed and focused on those who need it most.
“That is why we collectively agreed – you, No 10 and the Treasury – proposals which you and your department then announced a week ago.
“Today we agreed not to proceed with the policies in their current form and instead to work together to get these policies right over the coming months.
“In the light of this, I am puzzled and disappointed that you have chosen to resign.”
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