If Boris Johnson really is planning to reshuffle his cabinet, I see the plan is still to surround himself with people who are even more incompetent and corrupt than he is.
Nadhim Zahawi is tipped to replace Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary after Williamson’s latest gaffe – pretending to forget his own A-level results in an LBC interview:
Williamson previously tried to have thousands of students’ A-level results marked down, using an algorithm that artificially boosted privately-educated pupils over those who went to state school.
He demanded a ramping-up of discipline in schools, claiming without any evidence that the Covid-19 pandemic had “inevitably” turned our children feral and blaming technology – mobile phones – as a disruptive influence while at the same time praising it for keeping them learning.
When Boris Johnson announced a lockdown in January, Williamson presided over chaos in the education system as primary pupils were sent back to school for just one day before Johnson pulled out the rug from under the system and Williamson had not provided any advance warning – at all – about what was going to happen.
He had previously taken local education authorities to court for keeping schools closed when he wanted them to open, creating confusion and anxiety due to constant mixed-messaging.
He illegally stripped children in care of 65 legal protections after conducting a consultation that was selective about whose opinions it sought. The change proved to be temporary.
He was exposed as a racist when he said children from ethnic minorities need to sit exams. After it was pointed out that those in Wales and Scotland who weren’t going to do so (because of the Covid crisis) may have better results, he scrapped the plan for exams in England.
And don’t even get me started on his plan to offer Latin as a language subject in schools – a dead language for a country that is dying due to Brexit, Covid-19 and the corruption of government ministers like him.
Given all of the above, one might think it is a good thing that Williamson may be going.
But there is just one problem:
Nadhim Zahawi is at least as bad as Williamson – if not worse.
Zahawi wants everyone to think that he has made a great success of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout – he is the Vaccines Minister, after all – but there’s just one problem: it has been run entirely by the NHS.
He’s just the figurehead. His other duties include trying to avoid explaining his prime minister’s financial irregularities, like the Downing Street flat refurbishment:
Nadhim Zahawi – Boris Johnson has been “very very open” about the refurbishment of the No.10 flat. 🤣
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) May 5, 2021
How about when he had to explain why Johnson had said vaccinations had broken the link between Covid infection and hospitalisation?
Stomach churning & excruciatingly painful to watch this Government is a shameless, shambolic mess. That the Prime Minister can’t get his facts straight on such a staggeringly important matter which will affect thousands of lives is utterly shocking pic.twitter.com/Ip5FXTH6hq
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) July 11, 2021
Before the vaccines job he was a business minister – and duly messed up explaining why the government wasn’t providing enough help for the self-employed during the Covid crisis:
Naga Munchety is on 🔥 🔥 🔥
Nadhim Zahawi thinks that self employed people are paying themselves dividends & wages🤦♀️
Naga is fast to remind him
— kerry ✊💙 (@hewitson10) November 6, 2020
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) November 6, 2020
He has a second job working for an oil company – a conflict of interest at a time when pressure will be put on such firms to green up their act.
Historically, he became notorious during the expenses scandal, after it was revealed that he had claimed public money to heat his stables.
He used a mortgage lender based in a tax haven.
He attended the Presidents Club dinner event- on multiple occasions – where women were subjected to sexual harassment, and did not report the offences.
He objected to Donald Trump’s travel ban against Muslims – but only when his own family were affected.
He is incompetent and he is corrupt.
And it seems Boris Johnson thinks he is perfect material to take over from another corrupt incompetent in a Cabinet role.
It is an apt coincidence that this is being reported on the day the former Welsh Education minister, Kirsty Williams, is in the headlines for speaking out about online abuse she received.
She could have done the Westminster job better than either of these two clowns.
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