Goodbye Gavin Williamson, who preferred intrigue to his day job
Departing cabinet ministers are often unfairly blamed for the mistakes of others: because they have had to front up cuts they didn’t agree with, taken office as the mistakes of their predecessors bore fruit, or because their mistakes were actually due to factors outside their control. Sometimes they have departments that are structurally unsound or they are the victims of events.
Gavin Williamson is not one of those cabinet ministers. Gavin Williamson actually does deserve to be blamed for Boris Johnson’s mistakes. He got him elected leader for one thing, and then, when he was rewarded with a return to the cabinet, proceeded to make many mistakes of his own at the Department for Education (DfE).
Unlike other error-prone ministers, Williamson’s problem wasn’t that he was out of his depth …
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