News of Iain Duncan Smith’s knighthood went down much as you’d expect – 8 typical reactions
The government announced its New Year’s honours list, including actor and charity campaigner, Olivia Newton-John, who received a damehood and Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor, who was awarded an OBE.
Not receiving an honour was former-Speaker John Bercow, in a break with tradition for the first time in 230 years, and in another controversial decision, Iain Duncan-Smith is set to become Sir Iain Duncan Smith.
This is why it was controversial.
Iain Duncan Smith is getting a Knighthood.
The architect of death himself.
Universal Credit has caused so much suffering and pain and he's getting an honour.
Fuck right off
— Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) December 27, 2019
And these reactions were very much representative of the wider trend.
how many people on benefits do I need to kill to get a knighthood round here
— Sorcha Ní Nia (@Luiseach) December 28, 2019
Congratulations to Iain Duncan Smith for proving those “they give a medal for just showing up these days, PC gone mad” dickheads correct.
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) December 28, 2019
Iain Duncan Smith. Proof that you can lie on your CV, lie about your education, be the worst Conservative party leader of the 20th century, have all the charisma of a regional car park latrine – and still get a Knighthood https://t.co/oxUA99CEkv
— Otto English (@Otto_English) December 27, 2019
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) December 28, 2019
Iain Duncan Smith gets a knighthood – as long as he applies online at a public library, declares his and his wife’s income and capital, gives up two of his four children, and then waits six weeks for it. If he fails to meet targets his award is downgraded to a CBE for 12 months.
— Paul Lewis (@paullewismoney) December 28, 2019
Confused: did Iain Duncan Smith get his knighthood for crushing the poor or eating his own bogeys?
— end of daves ❄️ 🥕 (@davemacladd) December 29, 2019
Some people noted that the knighthood was actually completely apt.
A lot of unattractive snark has greeted Iain Duncan Smith’s knighthood. In a country currently fetishising mediocrity, ignorance & pretend poshness, it is entirely right & fitting that he be so honoured.
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) December 28, 2019
Everyone getting outraged at #IainDuncanSmith getting a knighthood needs to calm down and remember, originally Knights are supposed to kill people and act like a feudal lord towards the poor so this actually makes sense.
— 🥳Dr Philip Lee🥳 (@drphiliplee1) December 28, 2019
The inimitable Cold War Steve depicted the impending scene as only he could.
— Cold War Steve (@Coldwar_Steve) December 29, 2019
That’s likely to be the image they use on the BBC.