This newspaper profile of Chris Grayling is brutal but the correction is the most devastating bit
Minister for f-ing things up, Chris Grayling, has been given the ultimate accolade of a profile in the New York Times and it’s seriously devastating stuff.
They call him “Failing Grayling.” He has bumbled his way from one government post to another, accused of making a hash of each, and becoming a byword for haplessness in a golden age of political blundering in Britain. https://t.co/FJbtxYYnA3
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 4, 2019
Here’s a flavour (and you can read the whole thing here).
‘While the trials, tribulations and humiliations of Prime Minister Theresa May have occupied center stage in the carnival of British politics, Chris Grayling has starred in a black comedy sideshow of his own. He has bumbled his way from one government post to another, accused of making a hash of each, and becoming a byword for haplessness in a golden age of political blundering in Britain.
To take one of his most recent missteps, as transport minister trying to guard against the chaos that could accompany Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, he awarded an $18 million contract for extra ferries to handle cross-channel trade — to a company that owned no ferries.
And it didn’t end there. This past week, the government was forced to cough up 33 million pounds, about $44 million, to settle a lawsuit brought by Eurotunnel, which complained that it was unfairly prevented from bidding on the ferry contracts, which were negotiated in secret.
While the ferry fiasco was unfolding, Mr. Grayling organized a spectacularly ineffectual demonstration of Britain’s ability to deal with the backups of truck traffic expected in a no-deal Brexit. Those traffic jams could contain thousands of trucks, but for the test, he called for just 150, and only 89 turned up.’
But the best bit comes at the end, in the form of one of the most satisfying corrections you’ll see all year.
And no doubt they are very happy to clarify it …
We the New York Times have made a grave error in our reporting and would like to make it clear Chris Grayling is a thousand times more incompetent than we previously thought. pic.twitter.com/nJXAUPIxTw
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) March 4, 2019
Always best to clarify the true cost of Chris Grayling’s ineptitude pic.twitter.com/LYwirxmRn0
— JOE Politics (@PoliticsJOE_UK) March 4, 2019
As corrections go, it’s in the same league as this clarification happily issued by the Daily Mirror about Katie Hopkins. Remember this one?
Pretty good correction that, albeit not in this class… pic.twitter.com/eNJ5xOd3tN
— Keeper99 (@PaulKeeper99) March 4, 2019