This is by Jon Ashworth, Labour’s shadow minister without portfolio.
Only one part seems incongruous to This Writer – where he states that Cameron and Osborne are “beginning” to fail the test of competence?
“Beginning”? They were never competent.
Perhaps it was the cumulative pressure of weeks of bad headlines for the Prime Minister and his party that led to the spectacularly botched press operation since news of the Panama Papers contents emerged.
First they went on the defensive saying the Prime Minister’s tax affairs were a private matter. Then as pressure mounted, Cameron made a partial statement saying neither he nor his family benefit from offshore trusts. When many questions remained about whether they had benefited in the past or would benefit in the future they gave another statement saying they would not benefit ‘in the future’, but gave nothing away about benefiting in the past.
These rocky last few weeks, and the Panama panic of the last few days, seem to be clear signs that the wheels are starting to fall off the Cameron and Osborne machine.
It’s a question of competence, and the Cameron-Osborne duo are beginning to fail that test.
40,000 British jobs at and related to the Tata plants are at stake at the moment, yet at the highest point of crisis the Business Secretary was nowhere to be seen and was found to have played no part in last week’s delegation to India attempting to find a solution.
Just hours after Tata announced it was going to sell its British business last Tuesday night Government Minister Anna Soubry told us that ‘all options’ were being considered, only to be superseded the next day by the Prime Minister saying ‘I won’t believe nationalisation is the right answer’, who was then again contradicted by Sajid Javid who told us on Sunday that ‘nothing has been ruled out’.
This chaos is just not good enough. It’s the same heavy handed confusion that led us to the fourth Junior Doctors strike yesterday, with an all-out strike planned for a few weeks’ time and the same again that has led to outcry from teachers, parents, Tory MPs and Tory Councils and others over the forced academisation of high-performing, well-run schools.
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