Tell us something new Alan

Gavin Williamson is called ‘sly schemer’ by former Tory minister
Education secretary described as ‘venomous’ and ‘self-serving’ by Alan Duncan in newly released diary entries

He is, after all, a politician, is he not?

13 thoughts on “Tell us something new Alan”

  1. described as ‘venomous’ and ‘self-serving’ by Alan Duncan
    Well, that’s certainly Duncan’s area of expertise.

  2. Sly and scheming but not very smart. Williamson is generally the lowest rated politician in the. ConservativeHome poll of ministers. Most people can see his limitations without help from Duncan.

  3. Sly and scheming but not very smart. Williamson is generally the lowest rated politician in the ConservativeHome poll of ministers. Most people can see his limitations without help from Duncan.

  4. The weakest member of a mediocre cabinet.

    And a nasty little fascist to boot.

    Oddly enough Gove was rather a good education secretary. He’s really gone off the reservation now though. Needs stringing up.

  5. @JtD… Most of the teachers that I know absolutely hated Gove… So he must have been doing something right! 🙂

  6. Having attended the same school as AD I can confirm he was always an unlikeable officious little tit (allegedly) but never more so than when strutting his undersized stuff in the school combined cadet force.

  7. “ The weakest member of a mediocre cabinet.
    And a nasty little fascist to boot.”

    And Williamson is just the same.

  8. I read some of the extracts of his diaries in the Mail, he does come off as a twat with an overly high opinion of himself

    I have somewhere a copy of Saturn’s Children, co-written by Duncan in the late ’90s. As well as calling for the legalization of all drugs, privatising the schools and universities and massive cuts to public spending. It’s quite sad how he went from one of the most radical, anti-state MP’s to the sneering remoaner he is now. A good example perhaps of how the system assimilates all to its worldview, and an argument for term limits for MP’s.

  9. Baron Jackfield,

    The thing with Gove was that school improvements was his passion project, and one he thought long and hard about before even getting to government. He really cared about it getting delivered and so wasn’t going to be chummy with people who tried to stop it.

    Almost no politician is like that. Most of them just want an easy life. How many of the transport secretaries ran the numbers on HS2 or various other wanky train projects? Easier to just go along with trains=good rather than pointing out that they’re a waste of money.

  10. Be interesting to see a poll on how the public perceives professions and their response to Covid, my guess would be teachers score lower than anyone

  11. > I read some of the extracts of his diaries in the Mail, he does come off as a twat with an overly high opinion of himself

    So it’s pretty accurate…

    I had the impression he was failing to be the Alan Clark for the new millennium.

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