While the Coronavirus pandemic has been raging, a variety of ministers from the Tory top team has been put before the public: designated deputy to the Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Michael “Oiky” Gove, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and others such as Robert Jenrick have all featured. But there has been one notable exception, and that has been Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Peers like the home affairs select committee, from whom Ms Patel has been hiding since the end of January. As the Guardian has reported, “Yvette Cooper, the chair of the home affairs select committee, has written to Patel six times - most recently in a letter issued on Wednesday - in an attempt to fix a date for the home secretary to give evidence in public to the committee, but a date for a hearing has not been confirmed”.
And that is the minor point that a briefing cuts out those inconvenient things called questions. Questioning ministers is the whole point of having them appear before select committees. It is a key element of Parliamentary democracy, that ministers are not only accountable, but seen to be accountable - warts and all.
What is yet more rich is the hatchet job performed by a “Tory source” that gives the impression of being rather close to Ms Patel: “It's a shame Yvette hasn't adopted the collegiate attitude of her new leader, maybe thats why she didn't get a shad cab job - with a majority as slim as hers, she should probably spend more time speaking to her constituents and less time chasing Guardian headlines”. Sneer. Smear. Smirk.
Anyone might conclude that she was also frightened of being shown up as a gobby lightweight, a bullshitter, and not on top of her brief. I’ll just leave that one there.
Thursday, 9 April 2020
Priti Patel - Too Important for Democracy
Posted by Tim Fenton at 09:48
Labels: Education, Politics, Popcorn, Press and Media
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Essential reading for the elusive MS Patel: the UK-specific section of Wikipedia's page on contempt of parliament.
Never trust anybody with an arse as fat as hers.
You could stack chairs on it.
Still, gammons were stupid enough to vote her in. So now they don't matter.
To be fair, her permanent smirk doesn't go with announcing bad news. A plastic surgeon might be working on the problem right now.
Whilst her arrogant refusal to appear is wholly in character, and she is clearly afraid to have her inadequacies exposed even more, there can be little doubt that her non-appearance at the SC or daily televised briefings is more down to the rest of the bunch knowing her smirking, disdainful and shallow persona would be a disaster during these times when even a semblance of empathy and sympathy is required from members of the govt who are on show to the public.
T#would appear that Twitter is more interested in whataboutery as it's Yvette Copper that is trending and brought all the right wing (and possibly a few lefties too?)trolls out in force.
Nevertheless the Streisand Effect may have unintended consequences!
Ugli and Cooper are cut from the same cloth.
The only difference is the Hunt-Shapps-type rictus grin.
I see all those who used to accuse others of not supporting the elected dear leader are now not supporting the appointments made by the newly elected dear leader.
But not really surprising as the Labour Party is still a broad church with those on one wing entirely hostile to those on the other.
Will those who advised those who didn't agree withn the old leader or his policies to leave the Party or support the new leader, who has only just arrived, take their own advice?
To continue to be a broad church or dissolve into it's various factions?
The funny old world of Labour Politics!
Fuck off ya sad twat.
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