And if that piece of blatant hypocrisy isn’t bad enough, they then went on to suspend their Director General, John Longworth, for saying in a speech that he was in favour of leaving the EU.
Longworth has a record of standing up to the government. He called David Cameron ‘gutless’ for delaying Heathrow’s expansion. He excoriated the Treasury for over-burdening the self-employed with tax returns. He said the country’s energy policy was a ‘complete mess’. He condemned ministers for creating red tape and hampering small businesses by failing to supply decent broadband. And he had said many school-leavers were unemployable as they could not speak confidently or turn up on time.
So it’s not really much of a surprise that he’s prepared to stand up to the government on the neverendum. In fact he believes so strongly that after he was suspended from his post, he decided to resign so that he was free to speak his mind. But did he jump – or was he pushed?
Cameron’s spokesman said it’s ridiculous to suggest that he was forced out. But then he would say that wouldn’t he? Boris Johnson thinks that he was crushed by the ‘agents of Project Fear’ for expressing a ‘passionate, optimistic view’.
Whatever the truth behind Longworth’s demise, one thing is certain: If the government did push him out to silence him then it’s had the opposite effect because a lot more people are listening to him now than were before…
(BCC – Basal Cell Carcinoma)