400,000 in less than 4 days — incredible!
First of all I want to say thank you. When I started the petition calling on Iain Duncan Smith to live on £53 a week I hoped it would have some impact, but I never imagined it would set off such a huge chain reaction. As I write the signature count is 408,593. It is overwhelming and inspiring.
This week the Government wanted to control the debate and dictate the tone — you have taken that from them and given it back to the people!
The petition has been talked about on Facebook and Twitter, and covered hundreds of times in the media. It was on the front page of The Independent, BBC, Sky News, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and many more.
Iain Duncan Smith has not yet replied directly to me, but told his local newspaper that he thinks the petition is “a complete stunt which distracts attention from the welfare reforms”. In fact it is the total opposite.
This petition represents over 400,000 people concerned by the welfare cuts.
Iain Duncan Smith is clearly rattled and wants this to blow over. Let’s not give him that privilege.
In the coming days I will deliver the petition in person but let’s have a final effort to remind him once again what this is all about — men who live comfortable lives in country mansions have no right to tell people what poverty feels like.
Post a Facebook message or send a tweet today. Some ideas below…
Please keep supporting the petition — we have started this conversation, let’s keep it going.
Help reach 500,000 signers…
The vile CondDem government are clearly rattled, we have had George Osborne say the critics are talking ill-informed nonsense, we have have had Eric Pickles say people on welfare should go and live in France, we have had the gutter press try and smear all benefit claimants as mass murderers and child killers, a theme George Osborne has picked up today.
Please sign the petition calling on Iain Duncan Smith to live on £53 a week and not sponge of his millionaire wife.
Please join the Who Wants to Evict a Millionaire action called for 13 April 2016.
Please spread the word. Let us reach half a million signatures.
- Pickles: ‘House homeless in France’
- The bedroom tax’s authors were either careless or cruel – it must be fought
- April Fool’s Day: Clocks set back to Dickensian times
- Caroline Lucas: Launch of the People’s Assembly
- UPDATED CALL OUT! Who wants to evict a millionaire? Saturday 13th April