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By smod
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#283126

Amid censorious talk of strivers and skivers, the government has been forced to explain why a minister failed to turn up for a pre-arranged breakfast debate on the subject of apprenticeships. The answer appears to be that Matthew Hancock couldn't get out of bed.

The 34-year-old West Suffolk MP and skills minister had agreed to appear on the ITV breakfast show Daybreak to defend the new traineeships scheme with activist Ian Pattison of Youth Fight for Jobs.

At 6.30am on Thursday, Pattison was ready on the London studio sofa, but there was no sign of the minister. Programme staff said that on calling his home, they were informed he was still in bed. Pattison had to carry on as the sole interviewee.

"Can you imagine my surprise when I discovered a minister whose government berates so-called 'shirkers', couldn't be bothered to get out of bed to defend his own policy," Pattison said afterwards. "If the minister was a jobseeker, he could lose his benefits for up to three months for such an offence. Luckily, he doesn't have to worry about things like that. Hancock's traineeship scheme is the latest gimmick coming out of the Tories to disguise the fact they have failed to tackle the staggering problems of unemployment affecting young people."

Stung by Twitter revelations of his transgression, a clearly chastened Hancock, George Osborne's former chief of staff, said he only just failed to make the appointment. "I was 30 seconds late for my interview at 6.40 this morning, so they wouldn't let me into the studio to make my case," he said.

As to past criticisms of those who would skive not strive: "It proves the point. You've got to be on time for work or there are consequences. I'll learn from my own example."
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#283148
Well, it seems that The Guardian and The Standard are running (ambling) with it but not a peep from those that are usually so quick to tut-tut about shirking, drawn curtains and the like.

A complete non-story and he was able to have a right good laff about it, so who cares?
#283248
Kreuzberger wrote:Well, it seems that The Guardian and The Standard are running (ambling) with it but not a peep from those that are usually so quick to tut-tut about shirking, drawn curtains and the like.

A complete non-story and he was able to have a right good laff about it, so who cares?
I've got to agree with this. He may have shot himself in the foot, so to speak. But people make mistakes. I don't believe that there's one person reading this who hasn't slept in or been late for work at least once. It happens to even the best of employees. It's more important to focus on the big issues surrounding politicians than to indulge in their silly games of political point-scoring.
#283251
That's all true. But most of us don't have PAs, permanent secretaries, SPADs and alarm clocks.

I don't like Paul Stains one bit, but I thought this Tweet was witty
Guido Fawkes
Morning @matthancockmp
#283278
me123 wrote:
Kreuzberger wrote:Well, it seems that The Guardian and The Standard are running (ambling) with it but not a peep from those that are usually so quick to tut-tut about shirking, drawn curtains and the like.

A complete non-story and he was able to have a right good laff about it, so who cares?
I've got to agree with this. He may have shot himself in the foot, so to speak. But people make mistakes. I don't believe that there's one person reading this who hasn't slept in or been late for work at least once. It happens to even the best of employees. It's more important to focus on the big issues surrounding politicians than to indulge in their silly games of political point-scoring.
Well yes and sort of. I was being sarcastic but that probably didn't come through as I was distracted by the thought of the fury and outrage that would have greeted anybody but a government minister turning over and mumbling "five more minutes".

Do I think that this is a sackable offence? No, but surely his card should be marked.

Those TV studios don't run themselves and the vast majority of the production and support teams will be on nothing like a minister's salary. They all managed to tip up and get the show ready for air. So, the wider point is that the press, in largely ignoring this, have passed up a perfect opportunity to point out that the rules also apply to this cabal of self-serving, superior millionaires.
#283293
Oh Hancock has form when it comes to making a tit of himself

forum/posting.php?mode=reply&f=31&t=5458" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Comparing himself to Pitt, Churchill and Disraeli

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... ur-MP.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Demand an official chauffeur driven car

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... nlike.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Throw a wobbler because his official photo was dreary and not statesmanlike

Before that he was usually found sucking up to Osborne and Cameron and doing quotes for anti labour stories in the press
#283350
Novelist
10 January 2013 6:46
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It's not a question of 40 seconds. To appear on TV involves lots of prep: first you have to spend an hour in the "hospitality room" getting a bit drunk, then makeup, then get miked up, etc etc.
#314645
Apparently Times hack Isabel Hardman has tipped Hancock as a future Tory leader and PM today. All I can say is LOL. The bloke is, to put it mildly, decidedly average.
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