Last week saw the dismissal of Rebecca Long-Bailey, the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, in response to an article she shared on Twitter argued to have presented antisemitic claims. In what can only be described as an unlikely turn of events – from what we’ve previously seen under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership – Sir Keir Starmer took decisive action, and removed her from the shadow cabinet within hours of her posting the tweet.
It also saw the release of around 100 pages of messages from Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, to Conservative Party donor Richard Desmond, in which Mr. Desmond seemingly asks for favours. The release of these messages prompted calls for Mr. Jenrick’s resignation. Calls to which, following the exposure of such documents, can be perceived as justified.
What scale of corruption and incompetence would it take for someone to resign from Johnson’s cabinet? https://t.co/g1g9GXUBNl
— Tim Walker (@ThatTimWalker) June 24, 2020
When questioned on the subject, the Prime Minister said that he believed the incident was behind them. This, however, is clearly not the case.
Whilst the government is standing by Mr. Jenrick, Sir Kier Starmer has taken his case for Mr. Jenrick’s misconduct to the Parliamentary Standards Body.
This saga exposes a major flaw within the Conservative Party. At the same moment that the Government welcomes the Shadow Education Secretary’s dismissal, the Prime Minister stands by his own corrupt Housing Secretary.
Sir Kier is now showing clear leadership, whilst Boris is merely protecting “the old guard”. He must take a leaf out of Sir Kier’s book, and find a new housing secretary.
In the same way that Ms. Long-Bailey should’ve been sacked, Mr. Jenrick should also go.
Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
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