meIt is becoming a habit. Last week parliament was reminded to approve the EU trade deal. This week it was recalled to allow the third national government shutdown to be sealed retrospectively. From this, you could imagine that the government leaves important legislation until the last possible minute or has no idea what it will do overnight. And you wouldn’t be wrong on either side.
A memory suggests a great drama. The reality was exactly the opposite. A general feeling of existential boredom until the proceedings concluded that everyone knew it was inevitable. But parliamentary formalities must be observed, so the day began with Boris Johnson giving a statement in which he basically cut,Anddd pasted paragraphs from Monday night’s television speech along with some from Tuesday’s Downing Street press conference. .
The new variant of the coronavirus had forced his hand, it began. If somewhat later than many scientists had wanted, given that he had known the variant for weeks. Therefore, he planned to blockade the country until at least February 22, even though regulations gave him the freedom to keep the UK closed until the end of March.
No one wanted to close schools, he continued, before insisting that schools remained safe, even though he was closing them. This caused some perplexity in both groups of banks. We were now in the sphere of Schrödinger’s schools. Both safe,Anddd unsafe. Unless what he was trying to say was that the schools themselves were safe: it was only the students,Anddd teachers in them who weren’t.
But don’t worry, because this time we had a way out of the pandemic, with 14 million doses of the vaccine administered to the most vulnerable people in mid-February. I was pretty short on details about the logistics of this. But sure, Johnson has often relied on a wing,Anddd a sentence.
In response, Keir Starmer only regretted that the government had not acted sooner, as he himself had suggested. Captain Hindsight, as the prime minister used to call the Labor leader, has become Captain Foresight. But to be fair, most of the country has consistently been ahead of the government when more restrictions are needed. Keir quickly ran through a short list of government failures over the past 10 months, but even he sounded like he was on autopilot, with the expression of someone he knew was basically speaking to himself.
MPs had been advised to stay away from parliament, both for their own sanity,Anddd health,,Anddd to contribute remotely, but only Labor, the SNP,Anddd the Liberal Democrats seemed to have taken the guidance seriously. While the opposition seats were empty enough, the Conservative seats were almost full of MPs who had made a special effort to travel to Westminster to say how dangerous that trip had become,Anddd while they regretted the measures,Anddd would want regular votes among now. ,Anddd they marched to maintain the restrictions, they accepted the need for them today.
The only dissenter was Desmond Swayne, who described the loss of freedom as “petty malice” – someone needs to let you know that the daily total of Covid deaths had passed 1,000 for the first time since April – but Boris handled it quite easily. In fact, in the end Johnson seemed quite cheerful. So much so, that he made exaggerated promises again, virtually assuring the house that schools would reopen,Anddd lGave would be more normal next month. After a few days under the cosh, Boris, the crowdpleaser, was back. Even if it was in reduced circumstances.
Still, that statement turned out to be the highlight of the day compared to what followed: a statement from the unfortunate secretary of education,Gavevin Williamson, on why there was no inconsistency between him,Anddd he said last week that the exams were still ongoing.,Anddd schools would remain open,Anddd this week. ,Anddnouncing otherwise.
It was all a long way from those heady days in 2006 when he won the fireplace dealer of the year award at the St AlbansTraveloguee. Back then it had been someone. A man going places. He’s just a third-rate politician now, in a job he can’t be fired from because it screwed him up so badly that his successor would inevitably have to give up the consequences ofGavev’s incompetence as well. So he can’t do,Anddything but mess around, every day making a bad situation worse. His tragedy is that, deep down, he knows he is useless. His confidence has skyrocketed, his self-esteem is on the rocks. Only the last vestiges of the ego remain. He’s doomed to be the worst education secretary ever, but he can’t do,Anddything about it.
Even the most loyal,Anddd unctuous Conservative MPs have had it with Williamson. One by one they deliberately failed to congratulate him on a job well done,Anddd pointed out his flaws, about exams, laptops, everything really. He used to be Cabinet Private Pike, but has long since become a huge insult to Daddy’s army character.
“I never wanted to be in this position,” she sobbed. And for the first time, he had most of the country on his side. Because there is also no one who values education who wants to be in their current position. Its only value, other than satisfying Johnson’s intimidating tendencies, is making the other cabinet vagrants look less bad. It’s lGave,Gavev, but not as we know it.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism