As Tory Brexit chaos continues, most people know what Danny Dyer would call Iain Duncan Smith too

Danny Dyer and Iain Duncan Smith
Fréa Lockley

EastEnders star Danny Dyer perfectly captured the feelings of many when he questioned the “mad riddle” of Brexit. He also called former PM David Cameron a “twat“. But Dyer’s sharp analysis is the gift that keeps on giving as the Tories plunge further into Brexit chaos.

Iain Duncan Smith has now “kind of” agreed with Dyer’s comments. But he’d be foolish to assume this gives him any kind of kudos.

“Mad riddle”

Speaking on ITV‘s Good Morning, Duncan Smith didn’t disagree with Dyer’s astute comments about Cameron:

The former Conservative Party leader has some cross-party agreement on this. Because Jeremy Corbyn also said Dyer had “a special way” of saying things:

Vince Cable agreed too, and said Dyer had offered an “insight” into popular feeling:

Duncan Smith is a leading Brexiteer. And his comments on Good Morning Britain come as the Conservative cabinet is in chaos over Brexit

“Body bag summit”

Theresa May has called the cabinet to discuss Brexit plans at Chequers on 6 July for what some MPs have dubbed a “body bag summit”. Because, as has been widely reported, ministers “have abandoned all pretence of unity” and are still “squabbling”.

Jacob Rees-Mogg turned on May and insisted [paywall] she “must stick to her ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ mantra, or risk splitting the Conservative Party like Sir Robert Peel”. In response, several leading Tories turned on Rees-Mogg.

Now, as the Guardian reported, key business leaders have also stepped in and:

issued Theresa May with a list of Brexit demands after warning firms are losing patience over the lack of progress in talks with the EU.

As Labour MP David Lammy pointed out, things really aren’t ‘strong and stable’:

Duncan Smith’s comments only add to the chaos. And if he thinks that agreeing with Dyer gives him some kind of popular appeal, he should really think again.


When he was the work and pensions secretary, Duncan Smith’s key legacy was introducing Universal Credit (UC). Although he later called for a reversal of UC cuts, it was too late. Because while at the Department for Work and Pensions, Duncan Smith pushed ahead with UC despite clear warnings from his key advisors.

As the Guardian reported, he refused to listen:

When disabled people or charities pointed out the human cost, in suicides or food banks, not only did he not change course, he and his advisers smeared them with off-the-record briefings.

Dyer, in his autobiography, also presented an astute analysis of the current benefits system:

If you’re working forty hours a week and you can’t cover your bills, that ain’t your fault. It’s the fault of the slags paying you.

Dyer is completely on point. Many people think he’s making far more sense than the government right now:

But as Duncan Smith tries to jump on the Dyer bandwagon, it really doesn’t take much to imagine what the EastEnders star would call him if given the opportunity.

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