Resignations from Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet – but look at the different attitudes of the leaders!

Sam Gyimah (left) and Kate Osamor.

Prime Minister Theresa May might not have the integrity to say she’ll resign if her Brexit deal is voted down by Parliament – and her attitude to those in her party who do is tragically revealing.

Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah found this out when he became the seventh member of Mrs May’s government to resign in protest at the deal.

He said he supported a second referendum, as “the public will not forgive us if we don’t level with them about the difficult choices”.

Mrs May never even bothered to comment about this latest loss. Instead, according to Robert Peston, a spokesman who had been asked if Downing Street had anything to say responded: “Nah.

“The PM thanks him for his service.”

Contrast this with Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the loss of Kate Osamor, who resigned as Shadow International Development Secretary after her son was convicted on drugs charges.

It was the right decision. When the right-wing media get hold of a story that is potentially damaging to the Labour Party, they tend to go big.

In this case, Ms Osamor’s son Ishmael had been convicted of possessing £2,500 worth of drugs when he was at Bestival in 2017, with intent to supply. Apparently he was looking after the drugs for friends and the “supply” part of his conviction referred to his intention to hand them back.

The Times published a story claiming that Ms Osamor had lied that she did not know anything about the conviction when she employed her son in her Parliamentary office – as she had apparently written to the court, pleading for clemency. It also reported that she had thrown a bucket of water over the newspaper reporter who doorstepped her about the matter.

So, all things considered, it seems wise for her to take herself out of public view. Here’s her statement:

“I am resigning my position as Shadow International Development Secretary to concentrate on supporting my family through the difficult time we have been experiencing.

“I remain fully committed to our programme for creating a society that works for the many, not the privileged few, and will continue to campaign for this from the backbenches.”

Fair enough? Aaron Bastani seems to think so:

And so does Jeremy Corbyn. In a personal statement, he said he had accepted her resignation and would like to thank her for her work.

The same message – but hugely different attitudes.

Mrs May couldn’t be bothered to say anything at all; the statement was, as Mr Peston stated, “an automated message”.

Mr Corbyn responded personally.

Of course, the context is important. Ms Osamor quit to support her family – and to prevent criticism of the Labour Party; Mr Gyimah was leaving because he opposed Mrs May.

Perhaps it is understandable that she would take a less-than-kind view of him.

But whose fault is that?

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1 thought on “Resignations from Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet – but look at the different attitudes of the leaders!

  1. Colin Clarke

    This is called “The Freedom of the press.” This is sacrosanct, according to the Tories. Can you imagine. even for a second, how that same freedom of the press would be upheld if they started to praise the Labour party and then reported each time a Tory did what they do best, which is, of course, be political with the truth! How can any working person ever vote for that greedy sty of selfish, lying swine!

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