Care Minister Doesn’t Know Whether Gavin Williamson is Racist or Incompetent

A classic morning media round bombing by care minister Helen Whately this morning. Asked by Nick Ferrari whether Gavin Williamson’s confusion of two black English sports stars was down to racism or incompetence, Whately defended him by saying “I don’t know”:

Ferrari: Is he racist or incompetent?

Whately: You’ll forgive for for saying, I again have probably seen no more of this than what you have seen

Ferrari: What more do you need? He’s mixed up two prominent English black sportsmen, he’s got them the wrong way round, I repeat my question – is this through incompetence or racism?

Whately: Honestly I don’t know

Ferrari: So it could be racism?

Whately: He’s put out his explanation and there’s really nothing more than I can say about it.

Looks like both Whately and Williamson should be grateful there’s no reshuffle today…

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NHS Pay Announcement Early Next Week

Guido hears the long-awaited pay announcement for nurses and hospital porters is most likely due next Monday or Tuesday after the previous outcry over the proposed 1%. While the government has been tight-lipped over whether they’ll budge, Helen Whateley told LBC in February they would “need to look at the recommendations from the independent pay review bodies”. The same interview in which she forgot the wage of NHS nurses…

Guido hears a larger 3% pay rise could now be on the cards – an expensive change that would do nothing to appease unions’ ludicrous demands of a 15% increase. It’s now in the hands of No. 10 and the Treasury…

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Helen Whately Forgets Nurse Pay Figure On-Air

A rough start to the day for Minister of Social Care Helen Whately, who was unable to tell Nick Ferrari how much a newly-qualified nurse earns per year during her interview with the LBC broadcaster this morning. Going up against Ferrari without knowing figures for your policy area is going to get you gotcha’d. Whately tried to bluff her way out without success. Ferrari gently reminded her, it’s £24,000…

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Boris Appoints CCHQ Vice Chairs

Boris has put the finishing touches on his reshuffle this afternoon by appointing a fresh batch of Tory MPs to support new Party Chairman James Cleverly in CCHQ. Paul Scully was appointed Deputy Chairman last week alongside Helen Whately who remains in the role, now six further MPs have been appointed Parliamentary Vice Chairmen:

  • Andrew Bowie
  • Sir David Evennett
  • Helen Grant
  • Ranil Jayawardena
  • Caroline Johnson
  • Alec Shelbrooke (reappointed)

No word yet on who’s got the “youth” brief. Or whether they’ll be younger than former youth Vice Chair Nigel Huddlestone at 48 years young…

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Tory Deputy Chair Admits Local Elections Will Be “Difficult”

New Tory Deputy Chair Helen Whately turns the spin-o-meter up to 11: “I hear from time to time people saying: ‘Well I’m really frustrated with politicians as a whole, not just Conservatives… because of where we are with Brexit”. Optimistic…

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