Ferry contract falls through
Ferry contract falls through

Finally, even Conservative MPs are calling for the head of Epsom MP and transport secretary Chris ‘Failing’ Grayling, according to the right wing newspaper the Financial Times, writes Ian Strutt.
FT writer Sebastian Payne this week took a hard line on Failing and Flailing Grayling’s “refusal to take responsibility” for the collapsed £13.8 million emergency Brexit contract he awarded to a ferry company without ferries.
Sebastian Payne commented: “His refusal to do so turned him into a symbol of all that is wrong with this government. He is seen as an incompetent manager and a promoter of pipe dream projects that never come to fruition.
“His blithe reassurances that all will be right on the night ring hollow, and he appears to lack empathy and contrition.
“”His fellow Conservative MPs say they are increasingly baffled as to why Mr. Grayling has not tendered his resignation, or been asked by Mrs. May to step aside. It is now almost impossible to find an MP who will defend his actions.”
It surprises me that Sebastian Payne writes about “bafflement” as to why Mrs. May has not asked Grayling to step aside.
It should not be a question of her asking. She should have fired him without hesitation long ago for the sake of the country and its finances!
Quite clearly, Grayling is so thick skinned that he is almost alone in this country in believing he has done nothing wrong.
Not even the collapse of the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise or the disastrous launch of new railway timetables are seen deep down by Grayling as failing. Otherwise, surely he would have already resigned.
Sebastian Payne continues: “He was one of the ministers behind the Vote Leave campaign in 2016 and the prime minister is aware she must keep Brexiteers on side.”
He also points out that Grayling helped May in her early days as a councillor in Wimbledon.
However, he goes on: “Neither should be allowed to shield a Secretary of State who is struggling to fulfil his brief.”
Instead, the FT man concludes: “Mr. Grayling should do what is right for the government and the country and stand aside for someone better suited to the job.”

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