Pride's Purge

(not satire – its Iain Duncan Smith!)

Plenty in the news today about the ‘Titanic’ disaster that is the government’s plans to introduce Universal Credit for benefits claimants.

However, despite lots of discussion about the reasons why the project has become such an expensive disaster, I haven’t seen much said about the fact that work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has replaced the head of the Universal Credit project 3 times in less than a year.

First of all we had Malcolm Whitehouse CBE.

He was replaced in November 2012 by Hilary Reynolds.

She was then herself replaced by David Pitchford just 4 months into the job.

And then, amazingly, Pitchford was replaced by Howard Shiplee, again just months into the job.

Unsurprisingly, in characteristic style, Duncan Smith himself has today blamed civil servants for the huge mess.

Of course, as everyone knows, a bad workman…

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