Did you ever read the "Where's Wally" picture books as a child?
You know, the ones where you had to search for a tiny, tiny wee cartoon man in enormous crowds?
Well lately, we have been searching for Iain Duncan-Smith high and low, but he's been nowhere to be seen.
- He lost a court case on "workfare" : Nothing.
- The DWP announce major delays to their flagship disability welfare reform (PIP) : Nothing.
- It's revealed that many more millions have been wasted on Universal Credit IT that doesn't work : Nothing. - A debate in parliament directly involving his department : Still nothing.
Much musing has taken place amongst geeky people like me and the hashtag #WheresIDS has been bobbling about on twitter for months now. Jayne Linney has done tremendous work to find out why, for instance, (via the Freedom of Information system) he STILL hasn't appeared before the Work and Pensions committee. http://jaynelinney.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/the-conspicuous-absence-of-ids/
Thanks to the eagle-eyed @imthenicenurse it would appear that he's s now prepared to appear before parliament today at 2.30pm. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmagenda/ob131118.htm
The questions MPs have tabled to ask are excellent and I can't wait for IDS to answer them!
Something is afoot. Possibly several somethings. I can feel it in my twitchy instincts. Have Conservative central office finally realised that IDS is a liability, not an asset? Did they want to reshuffle him, but he refused to go? Are they keeping him out of public view because his image has become so toxic?
Who knows, but either way, he's very quiet, even for a "quiet man".
You can watch the session in parliament this afternoon by clicking HERE
Well done to Jayne and all the others who've kept up the pressure. Anyone who wants to tweet could use #IDSontheSpot
If you'll be live tweeting it, do send me a quick tweet or email to let me know, so that I can direct people who are interested to your timelines. Also, please spread the word amongst your networks so that as many people as possible can watch/listen to/record the session.
And PLEASE sign the WOW petition if you haven't already. We have until just the 12th of December (24 days, gulp!!) to get the remaining 16,616 signatures needed to trigger a debate in parliament. If you do think you've already signed it but can't be sure, could I ask you to try again, just in case somehow the signature wasn't verified or some other bureaucratic glitch failed to record your opinion? You can sign by clicking HERE
Also, if you will be tweeting or reporting the session on Facebook or other social media, don't forget to use #DWPChaos or #IncompetentIDS here and there too.
Update : @susanas4321 will be live tweeting the debate. I'll update here as others let me know