THE SUN SAYS Gavin Williamson’s hasty sacking is yet another misstep by Theresa May
EX-Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson isn’t the first to leak from a National Security Council meeting — if it’s even true that he did.
Besides, what was disclosed was in the public interest. That Theresa May is ready to snub our Five Eyes security allies and potentially give Chinese state spies access to our new 5G network.
Yes, it was embarrassing for the PM. So what? Her anger is out of proportion.
We don’t recall her pals Amber Rudd, David Gauke and Greg Clark being fired for breaching Cabinet responsibility to publicly demand a Brexit delay.
And who walked the plank for leaking Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill’s “secret” warnings over No Deal? No one.
The only upside is the highly capable Penny Mordaunt being our first female Defence Secretary.
And Rory Stewart knows a thing or two about foreign aid.
But Williamson’s hasty sacking is yet another misstep by a PM under siege.
I think you need to clarify why this would constitute whistleblowing, rather than leaking for a political purpose, and to take into account the somewhat larger implications of this matter with China and the USA. And they way in which this leak would screw relations with both. And explain why Williamson couldn't raise this in the house as a subject for debate.youngian wrote: ↑Thu May 02, 2019 1:10 pmI have no time for the Sun's motives and blabbing like that should cost you your job but its still whistleblowing in the public interest, not industrial espionage or the Cambridge Spy Ring. My tech journalism years saw me deluged with press releases from corporates and the MoD boasting about their latest super-duper contract. Why be so coy over Huawei?
And explain why Williamson couldn't raise this in the house as a subject for debate.
Unfortunately for Williamson Lidington had left the meeting before Huawei was even discussed so he later had to withdraw the claim. Trying to blame another colleague before the leak inquiry had even kicked off probably threw a lot of suspicion onto Williamson.A senior Whitehall source said Mr Williamson directly accused David Lidington and his officials of being the source of the leak that is now the subject of a massive internal inquiry.
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