He faced heavy criticism after information about Huawei’s potential involvement in the 5G phone network leaked from a top-secret NSC meeting, though he denied he was the source.
He was also ridiculed following the Salisbury poisoning when he said Russia should “go away and shut up”.
So, naturally, people are a little shocked that he’s now been honoured with a knighthood.
People on social media were just as vocal in their opposition to the news, accusing him of continuing to “fail upwards”.Williamson has been part of parliament since 2010. He was a parliamentary aide to David Cameron before serving as May’s chief whip from 2016-17.
It's all just so blatant.pic.twitter.com/7NtsvU8iF7
There\u2019s never been a better argument for the antiquated Honours system to be scrapped than Gavin Williamson getting a knighthood. If there was one Minister who epitomised incompetence through the pandemic, it was that buffoon.
Ben Shephard - Does Gavin Williamson deserve the honour? \n\nDominic Raab - Yes... someone normally gets an honour when they step down from cabinet or government\n\nKate Garraway - Or fired... in Gavin Williamson's case\n\n#GMBpic.twitter.com/eOGryMKJe7
BREAKING: As Gavin Williamson gets knighted, despite being sacked from his job, the nation wonders what dirt he can possibly have on Boris Johnson that could make people think less of him than they already do x
— Laura Kuenssberg Translator (@Laura Kuenssberg Translator)
No greater example of reward for failure is knighthood for Gavin Williamson - announcement in middle of Putin\u2019s war against Ukraine is final confirmation of a deeply unserious government
In awarding Gavin Williamson a knighthood, they have just undermined everything that everyone in education achieved in the pandemic.\n\nEducation prevailed despite his shambolic leadership, not because of it. \n\nRewarding something less far than mediocrity. \n\nFurious.
— Sir Secret Headteacher (@Sir Secret Headteacher)
He was removed by Johnson from his government in last September’s reshuffle.
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