If he had resigned over the referendum, you can bet he'd have said soby John Redwood / March 24, 2016 / Leave a comment
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If only Iain Duncan Smith had resigned over the EU referendum. As someone who wants the UK to leave the EU I would have welcomed it if Iain had decided to leave the government to devote himself more fully to campaigning to restore UK democracy. Like me, he wants the UK to take back control over our laws, our taxes and our spending. If he had resigned on the issue we would have gained a couple of days of additional media attention for our cause.
That would have helped us get over how we can take back control of the £10 billion we send to the EU and do not get back each year. Armed with that extra cash which we raise in tax there would have been no need for the welfare cuts at the centre of the row. It would have helped us explain how the EU now decides some of our taxes and much of our welfare spending regardless of our views on how much to raise and how much to give to recently arrived benefit recipients. It would have given greater exposure to how out of the EU we will have more democratic control over our own lives, be able to make our own laws, and have more influence in the wider world as we regain our seats and votes in the world bodies that the EU has taken from us.
He did not, of course, decide to do that. The Remain campaign is desperate to put round the falsehood that he did, to fit their misleading analysis of modern politics. Instead Iain Duncan Smith resigned over the issue at the heart of his departmental responsibilities. He left the government owing to a disagreement about how much the welfare budget should be cut, and how we should ensure social justice between differing income groups in our society.
So why did he resign after six years in the job, six years in which he did have to find savings and changes to the welfare entitlements? He resigned, as his letter and interviews made clear, over…