Iain Duncan Smith is a man on the run, and with good reason, as an ever increasing number of damaging facts pursue him.
The failures around the Universal Credit project, exposed by the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, are the responsibility of David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith, not civil servants... This failure was Iain Duncan Smith's. It goes right back to the start of the project. The idea for Universal Credit was developed in the Centre for Social Justice which Iain Duncan Smith set up. It is a good idea. It has the potential to simplify the system, and make it clearer to people how their circumstances will change if they get a job. But ministers have never got to grips with what was going to be involved.
Among the UK's three million poor children, itself a shameful number in a wealthy society, more than half said their home was too cold last winter, three-quarters said they often worried about money, and a quarter said their house had damp or mould.
Drunkenly eating the popcorn of news The week giveth, and the week taketh away. On the give side, Alastair Campbell administered the sort of arse who...
Public belief is at times widely disparate from reality. An Ipsos Mori poll showed this some months back by asking people to answer a selection of questions. The results showed a large gap between what the public thinks is true and what is true.
The biggest challenge facing most European governments is how to put their countries' finances back on an even keel. In Britain, so much of our government budget goes on welfare that clawing the country out of debt will inevitably involve cutting back more of the welfare state while continuing to protect those most in need.
The government's flagship Universal Credit programme is in deep trouble. Iain Duncan-Smith has repeatedly claimed that the project is "on track". He is utterly out of touch with reality, and that's why things are going wrong. He would have done far better to come clean about the problems.
If claimants can walk more than just 20metres (as opposed to the previous 50metres under DLA) - about the length of two buses, even using aids like sticks - they will no longer qualify for the highest rate of the benefit. It's a cruel twist in that achieving your end goal actually leaves you with nothing.
On welfare the Tories are starting to develop something of a swagger. Their tails are up. Their benefits cap policy, they believe, is the answer to all problems. A wild-eyed election mode fever has taken hold of the frontbench. But that is the problem with this Government. They're less concerned with the size of the problems than the size of the headlines.
Iain Duncan Smith - who happens to be Secretary of State for Work and Pensions as well as my MP - thinks the benefit cap is working. More than that, he has "a belief" that it is working, according to an interview he gave on Radio 4's Today programme. That's OK then...
The household cap on working-age benefits comes in today for places like York, Harrogate and the East Riding of Yorkshire after starting in London ear...
Making work pay will not be achieved through changes to the welfare system alone. For work to pay, and deliver an adequate standard of living, we must address a number of wider challenges too.
For Labour and for the disability movement there is a big challenge ahead. Over time it will become even easier to show how bad and damaging current government policies are. We may even yet see the government take a few backward steps. But the real challenge is to change the framework of debate.
We all know how fond Iain Duncan Smith and the Department for Work and Pensions are of stretching the truth and using more spin than Graeme Swann on a roughed-up pitch. So it was no surprise that Wednesday's announcement on the next phase of universal credit came sprinkled with the usual Duncan Smith fairy dust.
I'm more curious as to just what constitutes "inciting hatred and division". After all, if we're going to ban all groups that incite division, perhaps Theresa May can start with her own political party.
Having spent three years working for a small charity, running a support and signposting service for young people, I decided the time was right to move on. During my final week, one of our volunteers approached and asked (very sweetly and with the best of intentions) "So, is it time to get a real job then?".