Bid to sack official on Christmas Eve shows there IS a rift between Patel and her staff

Priti Patel: what a vindictive operator she is – smirking as she goes about her mischief.

It seems clear that – no matter what the official line is – there definitely is a rift between Home Secretary Priti Patel and the civil servants running her department.

It is vindictive – and extremely insensitive – of any boss to try to sack somebody on the day before Christmas, no matter what they have done.

Communications director Andy Tighe had overseen public relations disasters like the response to Grenfell and the Windrush scandal – but those were precipitated by the actions of elected Conservatives and it would be unfair (in This Writer’s opinion) to use them as an excuse to sack him.

But of course we don’t know her reasons; maybe she just doesn’t like the guy.

In any event, Permanent Secretary Sir Philip Rutnam was quite right to postpone the sacking until after the New Year.

But we hear that this act of compassion has contributed to a rift between Ms Patel and Sir Philip that has prompted her to demand that he be removed from his post.

Who is at fault, here?

The civil service manager who struggled to take care of his staff – or the smirking politician who was determined to cause upset wherever she went?

She has already been accused of racism in her support of Boris Johnson’s decision to allow the employment of the racist Andrew Sabisky.

What are we to make of her demand for a report into the ethnicity of grooming gangs?

Does their race really matter to anybody – unless they want to make racist points?

Isn’t it more important to find the perpetrators – whatever their ethnicity – and bring them to justice?

One has to question Ms Patel’s motives.

Better still, perhaps she should be ejected from the government in favour of someone with less of a personal agenda.

Source: Exclusive: Priti Patel Tried To Oust Senior Official On Christmas Eve | HuffPost UK

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