In appointing Young to the Office for Students, the government has shown – yet again – that expertise counts for nothing, and that cronyism rules the day
The curtains open on 2018 with a reminder of not just how much but who needs to change. Former journalist and free school campaigner Toby Young’s appointment to the newly created Office for Students shocked many, but is really just the tip of the iceberg. Yes we may rage that Young – anti-inclusion and teacher deriding – has been given a job on a university watchdog, but we also have a health Secretary who co-wrote a book on how the NHS should be privatised; a foreign secretary who thinks it’s OK to make a joke about dead Libyans; a Conservative MP having the whip restored despite having used the N-word; a Brexit secretary who can blatantly contradict himself with no consequences. Look wider and you see that the public inquiry on the Grenfell Tower fire is being led by an unrepresentative panel, and a leader has been appointed to Kensington and Chelsea council who had never been inside one of the borough’s tower blocks. This is beyond irony; it’s corruption and it stinks.
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