Ill-starred education secretary Gavin Williamson has suffered another setback by making a long-overdue and practically-empty speech about the effect of Covid-19 on universities – on the day Boris Johnson announced new courses for people who need new skills.
Williamson put himself forward as a prime candidate for such a course.
Here’s how one commentater described Johnson’s announcement earlier today:
Good news for the entire cabinet but especially Gavin Williamson as Boris Johnson announces new free courses for people with no skills. pic.twitter.com/xjmiyngflH
— Tom Peck (@tompeck) September 29, 2020
Only hours later, others were to signal how fitting his words were:
I've made some terrible life choices but sitting through Gavin Williamson give a live statement to Parliament must be the very worst
— dave ❄️ 🥕 🧻 (@davemacladd) September 29, 2020
Here’s some of what he said – and some of what people are saying about it:
“We believe universities are very well prepared to handle any outbreaks that arise" – Education Sec Gavin Williamson.
How about not relying on belief. And actually provide clear, standardised guidelines and tangible resources to help students and staff. pic.twitter.com/hY0saE9ieL
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) September 29, 2020
Right, I'm calling it: Gavin Williamson is talking excruciatingly slowly to obscure the fact he has absolutely nothing useful to announce.
— 👥🏳️🌈 John Urquhart♿️🎄 #HarmonyPartyUK (@TheDryhtscipe) September 29, 2020
After more than a fortnight of silence, Gavin Williamson finally gives an update on student situation.
Just as with his A-level fiasco, though, zero acknowledgment that this chaos was both predictable and preventable. https://t.co/aTOr0kwsvl
— Siobhan Benita (@SiobhanBenita) September 29, 2020
On his responses to others, they had this to say:
Well done, Tory Sycophant Jerome Mayhew MP, for reading out the question he was given, to allow Gavin Williamson to repeat the lines Dominic Cummings taught him last night. 🙄
Do they REALLY think we're all as thick as the cabinet?🤦♂️
— Tony (@IsntTony105) September 29, 2020
Today in Parliament I asked Education Secretary Gavin Williamson whether the government has put university staff and students at risk in order to dodge demands for fee and rent refunds.
Williamson’s sneering response speaks volumes.
I’m proud to speak up for staff and students. pic.twitter.com/RjqYzzsUlz
— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) September 29, 2020
Is Gavin Williamson the best we can do out of a population of over 66million?
— Heather Rufus Countess of Midlandshire (@gmai_sutton) September 29, 2020
Of course he isn’t. He isn’t even supposed to be.
And we’re supposed to see that he isn’t.
Boris Johnson has surrounded himself with dimwits; it’s an old strategy.
He knows he’s nigh-on useless himself, so he’s making sure none of the candidates to replace him even match up to his low standard.
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