Priti vacant: Patel does a runner from her responsibilities in coronavirus crisis

Doing a runner: Priti Patel is dodging her job again.

The Home Secretary is nowhere to be found, in the middle of a contagion crisis that requires a strong response from the minister for law and order.

The last anyone has heard of Priti Patel is that she has refused to appear before the Commons Home Affairs committee to brief MPs on her ministry’s response to the coronavirus outbreak – no less than four times.

According to the BBC, it seems she has an “acrimonious” relationship with the committee’s chairperson, Labour’s Yvette Cooper.

This should be no surprise. After her Permanent Secretary – the top civil servant in the Home Office – quit saying he would be taking legal action against her for constructive dismissal, it seems hard to believe she can have a harmonious relationship with anyone. Well, anyone normal.

The previous time we heard of her, she had tried to claim credit for giving police “extra powers” for the duration of the lockdown – only to be corrected immediately; the powers existed under a 1980s health-related Act of Parliament and were triggered by Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary.

So she’s flunking another top job. Some may find this unsurprising after her misbehaviour as International Development Secretary, when she tried to run her own foreign policy, holding meetings with Israeli leaders while supposedly on holiday – and was told to resign the instant she arrived home.

And isn’t it ironic that one of the authors of the infamous Britannia Unchained, a book in which she stated that workers in the UK were among the “worst idlers in the world”, can’t seem to do a decent day’s work herself.

Still, she’s living up to this song…

Source: Coronavirus: Patel turns down committee appearance four times – BBC News

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5 thoughts on “Priti vacant: Patel does a runner from her responsibilities in coronavirus crisis

  1. Mark Cunliffe

    She should be sacked for wilful dereliction of duty. If we have an acrimonious relationship with someone at work, and I’m sure that many out there do, we can’t get on with everyone we share a workplace (and little else) with, our boss doesn’t excuse us from shirking our responsibility. No, we put our personal issues aside, and get on with the job at hand.

  2. Dez

    Definitely a not fit for purpose situation. Major issue going on and she is having a dolls out of pram moment because she does not like someone. Another butterfly chaser when elephants are loose. For feck sake grow up. Replace her immediately must be someone a bit more mature…….

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