Jim Pickard When Labour told claimants to get on their bikes

You may have noted the mock horror from Labour about IDS’s comments to the Sunday Telegraph yesterday that those on benefits may need to travel to work. It’s described by the Labour-supporting Mirror as an “extreme Norman Tebbit-style ‘on yer bike’ policy“.

Here is a link to the interview when Caroline Flint two years ago suggested that unemployed people getting housing benefit should, in effect, be turfed out. She was, of course, the Labour housing minister. It appears to be exactly the same policy. What goes around comes around.

UPDATE: A union contact tells me that John Healey’s first speech as housing minister was to a gathering of union officials. His opening words: “The first thing you need to know about me is that I’m not Caroline Flint.”