Gavin Barwell [Image: The Independent].

Cue derisive laughter.

If anything signals Theresa May’s utter failure to make any good decisions, it is the fact that she has replaced her two useless advisors Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill with one who is so bad that – after writing a book on how to win an election in a marginal constituency – he couldn’t win an election in a marginal constituency.

What is his advice going to be worth?

Barwell is the man who – as a housing minister – misdirected the public to believe that Labour had been responsible for the lowest house-building rates since the 1920s. In fact, that nadir was reached by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition in 2012-13, after George Osborne slashed investment by 60 per cent.

So when Mrs May said of Mr Barwell, “He has been a first-class minister and is widely respected,” she was completely wrong in the first instance and also wrong in the second, as far as This Writer is concerned.

He also used new powers, passed by the Tories, to stop development plans in Bradford, despite those plans having won public approval – because Shipley MP Philip Davies doesn’t like them. The action signalled that the Tories would stop any plan they don’t like – as favours to each other.

At the time, This Site stated that it showed the Tories were following in the footsteps of the Nazis, of whom Martin Luther King famously said that everything they did was legal – meaning it still wasn’t right.

With Mr Barwell advising Mrs May, expect very little of anything that can be called ‘right’ (apart from right-wing, of course) – and a whole lot of wrong.

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