Theresa May has difficult questions of her own to answer, regarding Priti Patel’s apparently freelance visit to Israel and meetings with politicians there.

Followng the resignation of Priti Patel (she took this option rather than face the indignity of being sacked by weakling prime minister Theresa May), This Writer would like to propose the following, for Jeremy Corbyn to ask at Prime Minister’s Questions next week.

After it was revealed that Priti Patel had made an undisclosed diplomatic visit to Israel, under the pretence that it was a personal holiday, Downing Street said it was satisfied that no harm was done. As the requisite security procedures would not have been followed during these meetings, it seems both Ms Patel and the Prime Minister were reckless regarding their effect on national security.

It was subsequently alleged by the Jewish Chronicle that Downing Street was aware of the meetings and ordered Ms Patel not to provide full details of them in order to avoid embarrassment to the government. This suggests that national security procedures may have been followed, but that Mrs May knowingly lied to Parliament about her knowledge of and involvement in these meetings.

Even if one of these statements is false, the other must be true.

If Mr Corbyn were the PM under which this had happened and Mrs May the leader of the Opposition, what would she suggest was an appropriate course of action? And will she be following that course of action herself?

Would she really be inviting him simply to rewrite the Ministerial Code?


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