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.
Some of the tweets were more personal.
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.
Iain Duncan Smith’s notorious expenses claims kept popping up as a reason why he is unfit to continue as a Secretary of State.
Meanwhile other users were more concerned about British values and safety nets being eroded.
Some tweets showed more of a sense of humour:
While others were critical of the effect of welfare reform on the disabled, sick and vulnerable.