Iain Duncan Smith Lambasted In ‘Twitterstorm’ As #IDSMustGO Hashtag Just Won’t Stop Trending

London, United Kingdom (TFC) – The hashtag #IDSMustGo, calling for the resignation of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith, began to trend on the social media site at around 7pm on Saturday.

A “Twitterstorm” had been planned for 7pm on Saturday, using a hashtag already used during the duration of the #fakeDWPstories hashtag. Twitter users slammed sanctions-related suicides and unfair Fit To Work assessments. As of 11pm on Saturday 29th, the trend had gathered 28.2k tweets.

A Twitter user explained why she felt so strongly that Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms are harmful.

“IDS [is] a fraud: fake claimants, celebrating sanctions and saying that reducing ESA to JSA level ‘prevents stress’ of failing medicals. IDS is the very definition of ‘death by a thousand cuts'”.

Unlike with most hashtags, users frequently tweeted links to news stories.

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Some of the tweets were more personal.

 

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And for some twitterers, 140 characters just wasn’t enough. They produced lists and illustrations that would surely earn a smiley face in any school.

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Iain Duncan Smith’s notorious expenses claims kept popping up as a reason why he is unfit to continue as a Secretary of State.

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Meanwhile other users were more concerned about British values and safety nets being eroded.

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Some tweets showed more of a sense of humour:

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While others were critical of the effect of welfare reform on the disabled, sick and vulnerable.

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