Damian Hinds Leaks ‘GE2019’ Email

Former Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds has (presumably accidentally) leaked a screenshot of his email drafts folder on his public Instagram story. Provocatively the subject is “~RE: Re[2]: GE2019 team thoughts & i…”

The draft message appears to be part of a much longer email chain and is addressed to Debbie Curnow-Ford, a local Conservative activist in his constituency, and a ‘Julie’, presumably his local association chairwoman Julie Butler. The leak is decidedly off-message, but adds fuel to the worst kept secret in British politics. Everyone is gearing up for an election this year…

As of Guido going to pixel the awkward screenshot is still online on his story

UPDATE: After 20 hours, Hinds has finally got round to deleting the accidental post

Hinds: “Yes We Will” Be Leaving on March 29

An unequivocal “yes we will” from the Education Secretary to the question of whether the UK is leaving on 29th March…

Brexit-Bottling MPs Skewered on Politics Live

Education Secretary Damian Hinds and Labour MP Emma Reynolds and were skewered this afternoon on Politics Live by CityAM’s Christian May over their support (tacit or otherwise) for Yvette Cooper’s anti-no deal amendment. They admitted that they both stood on manifestos pledging to take the United Kingdom out of the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union, and both voted to trigger Article 50, thereby starting the clock and setting no deal as the legal default. It is logically impossible for MPs take no deal off the table now unless they are prepared to cancel Brexit altogether.

It’s not good enough for MPs who voted to hold the referendum, agreed to implement the result, voted for Article 50, and then stood on manifestos pledging again to implement the result in full, to now start engaging in Parliamentary shenanigans with the effect of blocking Brexit indefinitely because they haven’t thought through the consequences of their actions. It’s increasingly apparent as time goes on that it wasn’t Leave voters but in fact smug Remainer politicians who didn’t understand what they were voting for…

Damian Hinds Attacks Second Referendum

Following Tim Shipman’s story this morning that May’s top allies Gavin Barwell and David Lidington have been discussing a second referendum, Education Secretary Damain Hinds has come out to criticise it on Ridge this morning. More convincing than Barwell’s denial?

Shami’s Shameless State Schools Hypocrisy

Shami attacking grammar schools and singing the praises of comprehensive education on Question Time last night, claiming that her state schooling got her into the Lords. Now there’s a compelling argument for education reform…

What the Shadow Attorney General failed to mention – leaving viewers entirely none the wiser – is that she chose to send her own son to the academically selective, £18,000-a-year Dulwich College – not just a private school, but one of the very best and most competitive in the country. One rule for the many, another for the few…

No Marks: Teaching Unions Fail Spelling Test

The unions representing teachers have come together to write to the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, with some constructive suggestions. Guido has a constructive suggestion for them. When writing to someone it is also wise to spell their name correctly…

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