I've just be on Stephen Nolan's Northern Ireland phone in show, alongside a Sinn Fein MLA debating Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms. As you might expect, the encounter generated more heat than light as the MLA refused to accept that the reforms were anything other than Tory ideology. It no doubt suits his agenda to think that, but when Douglas Alexander welcomes parts of it and Nick Clegg introduces it, I think this goes way beyond party ideology.
My main point was that 95% of people listening would support attempts to bring in meaningful reforms, and in particular efforts to get the long term unemployed into work. The Sinn Fein MLA said he didn't think there was anyone who was voluntarily unemployed and that it was a myth to think anyone stayed on benefits for the sake of it. He clearly lives in a very different world to the rest of us. I don't pretend for a minute that it is anything other than a minor per centage who abuse the system and won't take a job, but it is the job of government to ensure that the rest of us don't have to pay for them if they repeatedly refuse an offer of a job. They have responsibilities as well as rights.
As IDS said, "choosing not to work, if you can work, is no longer an option". What's not to like about that sentence. I'd hope that it can get approval from right across the political spectrum. Except Sinn Fein, of course.