In a surprise move Ian Duncan Smith has announced a sharp turn in Tory policy. During a reflective homily delivered in Church last Sunday he stunned friends and family with a passionate plea for the return of un-needed benefits, profits and share dividends by those who could afford to give them up. More money is not always good he suggested and he did not believe the trendy Left should have a monopoly on restraint and generosity. The bottom line should be - can you spend it or will it just languish as savings?
To the feckless unemployed who were not present during the homily, he offered a stern reminder - unemployment is work; finding a job is a job in itself so those who have wimped out of a career should therefore not entitled to benefit. The subsequent drop in jobless figures will translate into much better economic figures, a vibrant economy and reduce government spending greatly.
For the BBC he had a special message. People do not want to hear about cuts in negative terms - they should be celebrated and the public made to understand that austerity brings strength and burgeoning resourcefulness.
He referred to his recent visits to BRIC nations and the virtuous struggle of many low paid workers who would not dare to ask for benefits - they manage splendidly on a dollar a day.
Of course, he acknowledged, the individual must decide when and if benefits should be repaid. Government should not legislate for goodwill or the generous instincts of Brirish people - this, he assured his attentive audience - was a moral question and therefore quite outside the remit of government.
Jimmy Saville would be 88 this year said a recently redundant BBC executive from Switzerland. He declined to comment on Mr Smiths pronouncements.