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It was just over two weeks ago that Rishi Sunak became prime minister, and promised the country his government would have “integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level” in his first speech outside Downing Street.
We wanted to believe a Tory prime minister might actually deliver on their promises – seeing as Ms Truss’ attempts at delivery were about as fruitful as disorientated postman – but of course that didn’t happen.
On Tuesday, Mr Sunak was hit with his first ministerial resignation in the form of Sir Gavin Williamson, amid allegations of bullying. Yet a day later, he repeated his first remarks made last month.
“I obviously regret appointing someone who has had to resign in these circumstances, but I think what the British people would like to know, is that when situations like this arise, that they will be dealt with properly.
“And that’s why it’s absolutely right that he resigned, and it’s why it’s absolutely right that there is an investigation to look into these matters properly.
Let’s start with the latest headache facing Mr Sunak: that a Cabinet Office minister - one without a portfolio – resigned after facing allegations of bullying and sending abusive text messages.
In WhatsApp messages littered with expletives, Sir Gavin told then chief whip Wendy Morton it was “very poor” he hadn’t been invited to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, that she was “showing f*** all interest in pulling things together” and “you f*** us all over”.
The ex-education secretary stepped down on Tuesday night, with a letter to Mr Sunak stating: “As you know, there is an ongoing complaints process concerning text messages I sent to a colleague. I am complying with this process and have apologised to the recipient for these messages.
“Since then, there have been other allegations made about my past conduct. I refute the characterisations of these claims, but I recognise these are becoming a distraction for the good work this government is doing for the British people.
“I have therefore decided to step back from government so that I can comply fully with the complaints process that is underway and clear my name of any wrongdoing.”
The Fareham MP is still home secretary, despite resigning from the role under Liz Truss’ government after sending an official document from a personal email address.
In her letter to Ms Truss, Ms Braverman – who has gained the nickname ‘Leaky Sue’ - wrote: “This constitutes a technical breach of the rules. As you know, the document was a draft written ministerial statement about migration, due for publication immediately. Much of it had already been briefed to MPs. Nevertheless, it is right for me to go.
“As soon as I realised my mistake, I rapidly reported this on official channels, and informed the cabinet secretary. As home secretary I hold myself to the highest standard and my resignation is the right thing to do.
“The business of government relies upon people accepting responsibility for their mistakes. Pretending we haven’t made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can’t see that we have made them, and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious politics.
“I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility; I resign.”
That was on 19 October. No more than a week later, on 25 October, she was back in post in one of the four great offices of state.
Ms Braverman had blocked transfers from the centre to hotels while serving under Ms Truss.
3. A Home Office minister claiming migrants have “cheek” to complain about the conditions at Manston
Yet it isn’t just Ms Braverman who has been treating migrants appallingly, as crime, policing and fire minister Chris Philp told Times Radio: “If people choose to enter a country illegally, and unnecessarily, it is a bit… y’know, it’s a bit of a cheek to then start complaining about the conditions.
“You’ve illegally entered a country without necessity.”
4. Defra minister being accused of “ignorance” after suggesting “some little man in China” is listening to his phone conversations
\u201cKamali Melbourne: The concern was Liz Truss was talking on her personal phone\n\nMark Spencer(Minister for food) - \u201cWe all talk on personal phones don\u2019t we. When I ring my wife, maybe there\u2019s some little man in China listening to my conversation between me & my wife."\n\n#KayBurley\u201d
After food minister Mark Spencer was quizzed by Sky News about reports former prime minister Liz Truss had had her personal phone hacked by suspected Russian agents, he replied: “We all talk on personal phones, don’t we, you know?”
Not exactly the most reassuring of answers, but what followed next saw Mr Spencer face strong criticism online.
“I ring my wife. Maybe there’s some little man in China listening to the conversations between me and my wife.
“But, you know, you’ve just got to be careful about what information you use on which phone and you get a lot of help and support from the security services on that,” he said.
A shame the government minister hasn’t received help and support as to why that isn’t exactly the most professional thing to say, though…
5. Mr Sunak’s Cop-out
\u201cThere is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change.\n\nThere is no energy security without investing in renewables.\n\nThat is why I will attend @COP27P next week: to deliver on Glasgow's legacy of building a secure and sustainable future.\u201d
No 10 had previously said the PM opted not to go “due to other pressing domestic commitments”, then the decision was “under review”, before the former chancellor tweeted he was going after all last Wednesday.
He said: “There is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change. There is no energy security without investing in renewables.
“That is why I will attend Cop27 next week: to deliver on Glasgow’s legacy of building a secure and sustainable future.”
The outlet also states that the proposed changes would also state that an individual self-identifying their gender “does not have legal force” so “transgender women have no legal right to access women-only facilities”.
The Equality Act currently states that an individual has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment if they are “proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex”.
Meanwhile under the protected characteristic of sex, it states this refers to “a man or to a woman”.
Reassuringly, despite the prime minister seemingly floating the idea of reform to equality law, The Good Law Project’s Jo Maugham tweeted that while “legally, there is nothing to stop the Tories from changing the Equality Act”, he does not think the Equality Act “will go”.
This obviously doesn’t make the targeting of trans people any less despicable, though.
7. The PM getting shut down by a 77-year-old
\u201c@McGrathDominic "No you're not trying, you need to try harder."\n\nThis is the moment Catherine Poole, a 77-year-old patient at Croydon University Hospital, confronted Prime Minister Rishi Sunak about nurses' pay\u201d
Yes, Mr Sunak’s official spokesperson had to tell a room full of journalists that the prime minister’s video did not feature music from sex offender Gary Glitter – specifically his song Rock & Roll Part 2 – amid speculation that the drum beat of the instrumental sounded similar.
A Downing Street spokesperson told indy100 that the PM’s deputy spokesperson confirmed the music used was, in fact, stock music.
All of this, and it’s only been two weeks...
God help us.
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