Just when you thought Theresa May couldn’t look any weaker or less principled, up pops Toby Young to prove us wrong.
Young inadvertently highlighted the disgraceful role the PM has played in the scandal over his appointment to the Office for Students board as he announced he was standing down from the post this morning.
In a public resignation letter on the Specator’s website, he personally thanks May for trying to save his skin by defending the indefensible on the Andrew Marr Show this weekend – and who knows what else behind the scenes.
“The caricature drawn of me in the last seven days, particularly on social media, has been unrecognisable to anyone who knows me…
“…I would like to thank the Prime Minister for standing by me, and drawing a distinction between my earlier life and my subsequent record in education.”
How incredible that anyone with Young’s record of misogynistic, homophobic, disabilist and anti-working class outbursts can count the Prime Minister as one of their chief cheerleaders.
Labour’s shadow equalities secretary Dawn Butler sums it up when she says:
“The Toby Young saga has further exposed Theresa May’s total lack of judgement in appointing him and her weakness in refusing to sack him.
“She should have removed him from his post, not personally backed him at the weekend and sent a minister out to defend him in Parliament yesterday.”
Is May capable of sacking anyone anymore? For anything?