After KneeGate Here comes PritiGate. Yet another anti-Brexit ploy?
Here’s a Priti Mess!
PritiGate! Well who would have thought it? A Government minister caught doing something worthwhile but without the headmistress’s permission! Or was she?
Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn could not have constructed a better plot. A minister goes on holiday in a foreign country where an insoluble situation persists. On the advice of the PM the purpose of the visit must be clandestine and if it leaks out the minister must fall on her sword.
Someone makes sure it does leak out.
After a show of defence for the said minister the PM is forced by the clamour of a (prompted) press and media to ask her to resign. She does so.
Here comes the interesting bit. It now leaks out that the minister was also meeting with the foreign office’s own people in that country during the holiday and it is highly unlikely she was not keeping them briefed. In other words the Foreign Office has been lying.
riti Patel was charged with the unthinkable. She was required to waste large sums of public money, against her principles, on foreign aid. In this instance there was an opportunity to put some of that money to good use but diplomatic niceties (sic) were in the way. It had to be negotiated surreptitiously.
I never much liked Priti Patel but she has done her job properly and she has been badly let down by the Establishment. She should not have resigned. Boris should have, if anyone. This is a Foreign Office mess and we should face facts. Boris is an opportunist rather than a Brexiteer. Priti Patel is a Brexiteer with a proven track record.