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By youngian
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#530234
Justine Greening has walked out after being demoted from education and offered the DWP. A popular moderate figure that hung onto her seat. Perhaps Toby Young will get her old job
 
By bluebellnutter
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#530237
Massively pro-Remain constituency which she just squeaked in June. Could be about to get interesting there.
 
By Malcolm Armsteen
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#530245
Greening was our school's MP, and she came in quite regularly. She's OK on a personal level at least, but of course she's gay and in a relationship, so not flavour of the month for the Turnip Taliban. She's also bright, but not Oxbridge, so can't get into the Rees-Mogg/Johnson/Gove cult. She's an 'expert'. She has worked well at Education (given that some of her policies are shit) by not alienating teachers.
She's also held some important offices, and doesn't seem to be backing Brexit in any form. If I was May I'd be looking askance at her on the back benches, where she might just cause trouble.
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By KevS
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#530246
You can also see her point of view to an extent:

"Hang on, Johnson, Davis, Gove, Fox and Hunt all keep their jobs, and I don't????"
 
By Malcolm Armsteen
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#530247
Exactly. I'd be spitting teeth and looking for ways to fuck up everything in sight. And she's got a marginal seat - strongly Remain.
In fact if I was her I'd mount a leadership challenge...

This is good:
https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/s ... -sense-all
 
By Kreuzberger
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#530259
Greening has gone because she says that social mobility is more important to her than her ministerial career. Surely that means that she feels that this would be at odds with the DWP brief and, by very strong implication, Universal Credit.

Damning stuff.
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By Messianic Trees
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According to Nick Timothy, writing in tomorrow's Telegraph, Greening was sacked because of her opposition to reforms, including cuts to university fees.
Alongside the former universities minister Jo Johnson, Ms Greening refused to back a wide-ranging review which could have allowed institutions to charge different fees in a bid to increase competition.
Meanwhile, The Times informs us that

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By Kreuzberger
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#530449
All fine and dandy. That is also Gove signaling that he also still commands a grasp of the Times' front page, lest anyone in Downing Street should forget.
 
By mattomac
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Messianic Trees wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:42 pm
According to Nick Timothy, writing in tomorrow's Telegraph, Greening was sacked because of her opposition to reforms, including cuts to university fees.
Alongside the former universities minister Jo Johnson, Ms Greening refused to back a wide-ranging review which could have allowed institutions to charge different fees in a bid to increase competition.
Meanwhile, The Times informs us that

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Can't argue with her quitting if that was the reform she wishes to push through, wouldn't surprise me if you couldn't get a loan to pay for it all as well, so effectively cutting those top Universities off even further.
 
By Arnold
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The company that runs Britain is near to collapse. Watch and worry
Aditya Chakrabortty


Carillion builds schools, roads, hospitals – and it’s meant to be a big part of HS2. What’s more, if it goes bust, the bill will be picked up by taxpayers
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ayers-bill
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By Kreuzberger
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#530641
Nationalise the fuckers. Fuck off the shareholders and justify the whole thing as ring-fencing the interests of the pensioners. That'll do the trick.
 
By Arrowhead
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#530689
I find tonight's new Opinium poll genuinely astonishing:

Con 40 (+1)
Lab 40 (-1)
LD 6 (-1)

I know some will grumble at the Labour figure, but the real headline here is the continuing durability of the Tory support. So with the NHS crisis in full swing, Brexit falling apart at the seams, and with a rather shambolic government reshuffle still fresh in memory, forty per cent of the public are still nodding their heads approvingly.
 
By bluebellnutter
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#530690
A large part of this now has to be seen as the non-Corbyn option.
 
By Kreuzberger
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#530691
Question: has the sampling/weighting methodology on these polls been amended in line with the known errors prior to the last and 2015 elections?
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