Iain Duncan Smith has announced he intends to be frozen to death while sleeping rough in London, to prove he understands the hardship caused by the Conservative Government’s cruel austerity policies.
The former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions said: “As one of the chief architects of the government’s cruel austerity regime, I am uniquely qualified to understand the plight of the poorest and most vulnerable in society.”
“David Cameron, with whom I colluded to totally destroy the lives of millions of Britons, thinks he can understand how austerity feels just by walking round a supermarket pretending to buy food. It’s totally fucking laughable.”
“To show the little people how much better I understand the impact of austerity on their pitiful lives, I am pleased to announce that starting from today I will be sleeping rough in London every night until I eventually freeze to death.”
Within minutes of Mr Duncan Smith’s announcement the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg tweeted: “Homelessness is caused exclusively by Corbyn’s refusal to back brave Cameron’s necessary welfare reforms.”
Figures in the Labour Party have welcomed the announcement, with one opposition front-bencher calling on the rest of the Conservative Party to follow Mr Duncan Smith’s example.
Prime Minister David Cameron is said to be angered at being upstaged by the former Minister for Manslaughter, especially after he invested so much effort into his highly stage-managed visit to a supermarket. However, Mr Cameron may well have the last laugh when he visits the homeless Iain Duncan Smith to burn a 50 pound note.
Eric Pickles has also now joined the austerity arms-race, and has floated the idea of starving himself to death, a process that experts say may take until at least the year 2025 given his size.