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Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary – a modern tragicomedy

Another day, another cock up from Nicky Morgan. The Department for Education’s official Twitter feed has hastily deleted a message stating:-

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Doh! As plenty of social media users were quick to point out, equal rights for all people – regardless of who they bed – should probably be covered by ‘British values’, not least in the eyes of the British government. Cue another hasty backpedal. It gave some ammo to the Liberal Democrats:-

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Morgan has tried to keep a low profile so far – but it’s not low enough. It’s now clear to everyone (Mr S suspects to her especially) that she is hopelessly miscast. She has no clue about education. Even George Osborne, her former mentor, is cutting her loose, letting it be known that this was David Cameron’s idea (and that he was all for letting Michael Gove stay). If true, Cameron will by now be wishing he’d listened.

And in fairness to Morgan, it’s not her fault – she never asked for this job, and never aspired to it. She has fallen victim to what Melissa Kite calls Cameron’s ‘soft misogyny’ – his thinking of someone’s gender first, and their suitability for the job second.

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