Related video: Michael Portillo describes Chris Grayling as 'the most incompetent minister of all time'
By now, the UK is used to the government saying one thing and doing another.
Which is why a recent speech by minister Michael Gove about only promoting “experts” to key roles has quickly been questioned, especially after David Frost – a man with no security experience – was handed the role of UK national security advisor last month.
Fast forward to now and it’s happened again – only this time the man in question being handed a plum security job has been described as “the worst minister in history”.
Sack Chris Grayling. The worst Minister in history. He ruins everything he touches.
Chris Grayling, the former transport and justice secretary has been nominated by Boris Johnson to head up the Information and Security Committee (ISC), a powerful body that oversees MI5, MI6 and GCHQ and is in charge of the very delayed Russia Report, promised before the election.
The ISC has now not sat for an unorthodox seven months. According toThe Guardian, this is because Johnson’s pick of Grayling led to “months of wrangling as the Tories searched for colleagues willing to vote for him”.
Perhaps this is due to Grayling’s track record, which social media users are now furiously recounting upon hearing he’s about to clinch this new role.
‘Chris Grayling to chair Intelligence Committee’
So they’ve forgotten/don’t care about:
-Ferry company with no fe… https://t.co/7PBnTylfm2
Which it turned out that Grayling had been warned of far in advance of them coming into effect and took zero responsibility for.
As transport secretary, Grayling oversaw a litany of other costly and bizarre measures, like cancelling the electrification of the Great Western Railway, the furore over extending Virgin’s West Coast rail franchise contract while aware its East Coast franchise was about to be returned to public ownership and selling off Network Rail’s railway arches – resulting in small business owners being saddled with new landlords and sky-rocketing rent.
Chris Grayling’s cock-ups:
- Prisoner book ban
- Probation privatisation
- East coast franchise
- Court charges… https://t.co/6UxQbbYYCt