"Playtime is over. Off you go. You're not up to it, get them both out, and get in some grownups.
"Why should we have to live with his incompetence as we watch mothers and babies being shelled and losing their lives? Why?"
For context, home secretary Priti Patel evoked the ire of a senior member of her own party for not being clear about the status of visa application centres, to put it tactfully.
Nick Ferrari - Playtime Is over, Priti Patel & Liz Truss are both not up to the job, off you go & get in some grown-ups. Why should we have to live with this incompetence. \n\n#LBCpic.twitter.com/TNAI8qOwo7
In the House of Commons on Monday, she twice claimed that she had set up a visa application centre (VAC) on the way to the French port of Calais to process applications from people fleeing the Russian invasion, then later admitted the government was "in the process" of doing so.
Tory MP Sir Roger Gale told the commons in response to Patel's back and forth: “Under any normal administration that in itself would be a resignation (issue)."
Meanwhile, foreign secretary Liz Truss told the BBC a few weeks back (26 Feb) that she would support UK citizens who want to fight abroad.
"That is something people can make their own decisions about," she said.
“The people of Ukraine are fighting for freedom and democracy, not just for Ukraine but for the whole of Europe.
“Absolutely, if people want to support that struggle I would support them in doing that.”
But speaking at a press conference in Washington yesterday, she backtracked and said: "I've been very clear that the travel advice from the United Kingdom is not to go to Ukraine.
“There are better ways of helping the efforts in Ukraine, namely donating to the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) appeal.
“What I said the other week was expressing support for the Ukrainian cause, they are fighting a just cause and we are doing all we can to support them.”
Yes. Very clear...
'I've been very clear that the travel advice from the UK is not to go to Ukraine...I was expressing support for the Ukrainian cause, they are fighting a just cause'\n\n@TrussLiz comments on Brits fighting in Ukraine after saying she 'supports it' https://www.itv.com/news/london/2022-03-09/serving-coldstream-guard-leaves-windsor-barracks-to-fight-russian-forces\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/i6VyCna6aV
No wonder Ferrari isn't best pleased with the two ministers and given the praise he received on social media for his analysis, it seems the public aren't too happy with them either:
Spot on from @NickFerrariLBC. Time for a reshuffle, @BorisJohnson, and grown ups in both @FCDOGovUK & @ukhomeoffice. It's a terrible indictment on @Conservatives if they really have no one more competent than @trussliz & @pritipatelhttps://twitter.com/LBC/status/1501835210907955204\u00a0\u2026
I can count the number of times I've agreed with Nick Ferrari on one finger. That is today, get Priti Patel out as Home Secretary,get Liz Truss out as Foreign Secretary. And of course get #JohnsonOut45 !
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