THERE is a rancid smell around the sacking of Gavin Williamson that won’t go away.
The leak for which he was fired did not damage Britain.
EPA Gavin Williamson was targeted within hours by Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill, who convinced the PM her Defence Secretary was the mole
Quite the opposite. It exposed a blunder by the Prime Minister over Huawei that could cost us dear.
But Williamson was targeted within hours by Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill, who convinced the PM her Defence Secretary was the mole.
Well, that’s one less pro-Brexit voice they have to worry about in Cabinet.
The Sun holds no special brief for Williamson. His time at the MoD was mixed, though few can dispute his commitment to our troops.
But if he is innocent, as he still claims, he has every right to be outraged. He wants the evidence made public… so do we.
And let’s see the same zeal applied by the Cabinet Office to uncovering how Sedwill’s own “confidential” Brexit warnings find their way into the Press.
Don’t get us wrong. The Sun likes a leak.
It is laughable that anyone, journalists especially, wants Williamson prosecuted over Huawei.
The haste to sack him looks indecent, self-serving and hypocritical.
But if proof exists, let’s see it.
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PA:Press Association Chris Grayling paid Eurotunnel £33million compensation after bungling No Deal ferry contracts
WE so rarely agree with Corbyn’s aides.
But when Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald says it is “abundantly clear this country can no longer afford Chris Grayling” it’s hard to argue.
In one day we are told that Grayling’s catastrophic, rushed probation service shake-up cost taxpayers almost half a billion pounds when it collapsed.
And that billions more have been blown on his watch as Transport Secretary, bailing out London’s Crossrail network as its delivery date slipped three years.
This is the same man who paid Eurotunnel £33million compensation after bungling No Deal ferry contracts. And then there’s the state of our railways.
The complete catalogue of his costly calamities would be too long for this column.
Yet Theresa May keeps her old campaign chief in place, while sacking Gavin Williamson in a hissy fit.
The wheels are well and truly off.
PA:Press Association Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald says it is ‘abundantly clear this country can no longer afford Chris Grayling’
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WE branded London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan a wretched defeatist when he whined that it would take a decade to turn round the capital’s soaring crime.
And it turns out that simply increasing Stop and Search by 30 per cent has cut murders by a quarter and knife injuries by 15 per cent in one year.
Met chief Cressida Dick says cops are “continuously taking weapons off the street and locking up the most violent people”. It’s not rocket science.
Just less hand-wringing, more pro-active policing.
Imagine what more could be done if the eco “rebellion” morons hadn’t swallowed up half the new budget for tackling violence.
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