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Passengers have been hit with hundreds of delays and cancellations since new timetables were introduced on 20 May. Operator Northern blamed this on drivers having received training in time – something they would have surely known in advance.
RMT general secretary criticised transport secretary Chris Grayling’s ‘handling’ of the situation saying. “Not only is he incompetent and not fit to run a railway but he is a coward as well, leaving RMT members to take the flack for failed policies that are his responsibility.”
“Grayling should get out, the private companies he is propping up should be sacked and the vital rail services the nation depends on should be returned to public ownership.,” the RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said. Source Backup
Chris Grayling has a record of failure though – look at the mess he created as Justice Secretary. Backup
Philip Hammond – Chancellor of the Exchequer – more records
Amber Rudd – Home Secretary – more records
Boris Johnson – Foreign Secretary – more records
Liz Truss – Justice Secretary – more records
Michael Fallon – Defence Secretary – more records
Damian Green – Work and Pensions Secretary – more records
Jeremy Hunt – Health Secretary – more records
David Lidington – Leader of the Commons – more records
Priti Patel – International Development – more records
Justine Greening – Education and Equalities Secretary – more records
Baroness Evans – Leader of the House of Lords – more records
Chris Grayling – Transport Secretary – more records
James Brokenshire – Northern Ireland Secretary – more records
Andrea Leadsom – Environment Secretary – more records
Sajid Javid – Communities Secretary – more records
Alun Cairns – Wales Secretary – more records
Karen Bradley – Culture Secretary – more records
David Mundell – Scotland Secretary – more records
David Davis – EU Exit Secretary – more records
Liam Fox – International Trade – more records
Patrick McLoughlin – Conservative Party Chairman – more records
Greg Clark – Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – more records
David Gauke – Financial Secretary to the Treasury – more records
Jeremy Wright – Attorney General – more records
Gavin Williamson – Chief Whip – more records
Ben Gummer – Minister for Cabinet Office – more records
Theresa May promised to fight “burning injustice” in British society and create a union “between all of our citizens”. Of course if she fails to keep that promise her speech will spread far wider than it has done thus far. Exactly the same thing happened with Cameron’s NHS promises as we showed here (episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4).
During her reign at the Home Office Theresa May didn’t exactly do much to fight “burning injustice”. She was in charge of the sex abuse inquiry farce. She gave her department huge payrises as a reward for failure. There was no action taken against staff who ‘accidentally’ leaked confidential online abuse submissions to the public (many of whom received death threats). There was no action taken when staff ‘accidentally’ deleted those online submissions so no inquiry could take place. Plenty of “burning injustice” not dealt with.
We’ll mention a few here:
Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary – He wanted the top job but pulled out of the race when Michael Gove made a surprise announcement that he was to run for PM. The former Mayor of London’s appointment could be seen as somewhat unexpected, having been prone to more than the odd gaffe overseas down the years.
Philip Hammond is Chancellor – In one swift announcement George Osborne was out and former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was in as Chancellor of the Exchequer. He has previously served as Transport Secretary and Defence Secretary.
Damian Green – Work and Pensions secretary – Mr Green rose to prominence in 2008 after his Commons office was controversially raided by police over alleged leaks despite not presenting a search warrant..
Jeremy Hunt – Health – A controversial figure, Jeremy Hunt has been kept on as Health Secretary after three years despite a damaging dispute with junior doctors that led to the first ever all out strike of medics.
David Davis is Secretary for exiting EU – In holding the newly created role Mr Davis will be front and centre in the negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU.
Liz Truss is Justice secretary – She moves over from her previous job of Environment Secretary to become Britain’s first female Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, replacing the sacked Michael Gove.
Chris Grayling – transport secretary – A difficult spell as Justice Secretary (not a qualified lawyer) under David Cameron saw Mr Grayling moved to Commons leader – while his replacement Michael Gove reversed many of his changes.
Each time he bungles it costs taxpayers money