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Esther McVey breaks cover on Miller: ‘It wouldn’t be how I would have made an apology’

7 April 2014

8:55 PM

7 April 2014

8:55 PM

Esther McVey is known as a plain-speaking Tory. That ability to avoid mincing her words might propel her into the Cabinet one day – possibly as a replacement for Maria Miller, the way things are looking. But tonight her plain-speaking nature hasn’t been that helpful to her ministerial colleague. McVey has told ITV’s The Agenda:

‘I can honestly say it wouldn’t be how I would have made an apology. But different people have different styles and do things in different ways.’

Asked whether Miller should go, McVey said:

‘David Cameron has the final say on this. He’s standing by her.’

On the programme, to be broadcast at 10.35 tonight, the minister did also remind the audience that ‘this couldn’t happen now’ because the expenses system had changed. But she’s the first minister to make a clearly negative remark about Miller’s behaviour.

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  • callingallcomets

    I see that the Speccie has been pimping the fragrant Esther for quite a while. Nothing like a piece of blonde TV totty to quicken the pulses of those Tory suits. Notice how even the platoon of misogynists who usually harrumph in the comments are stroking their moustaches and gripping their gins with unusual fervour.
    This Westminster village gossip reminds me of how the Imperial court in Petrograd in the dying months of 1916 was so obsessed with intrigues around Rasputin that few of them noticed the rumbles that led to the collapse of the whole circus the following February…

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Well, if it’s all going to collapse anyway, we might as well enjoy ourselves in the meantime, eh? That’s where Esther fits in.

  • Tom Tom

    Good and well-phrased comment from McVey

  • Frank

    What a nasty piece of work is Esther McVey (I fully support circa 50% of MPs being female, inter alia in the possibly vain hope that if we have more women, we will have fewer like Maria Miller, Esther McVey, Nadine Dorris, Harriet Harman, Yvette Cooper, etc).
    Look, Miller is over-due being sacked, both as a minister and as an MP. Dave’s reluctance to sack her has led to this drip drip drip of “loyal” colleagues criticising her, which is arguably much worse for the party than sacking a female member of Cabinet.
    This sort of abuse of the expenses system will continue for as long as the controls remain in the hands of MPs, since they are the only ones with votes on the Standards Committee.

    • Colonel Mustard

      It is not women in Parliament that is the issue. It is women in education.

      73.3 per cent of full and part-time regular teachers are female.
      65.1 per cent of full and part-time head teachers are female.
      92.0 per cent of full and part-time teaching assistants are female.
      81.5 per cent of full and part-time other support staff are female.

      Unsurprisingly these shocking statistics are not the subject of any clamour for equality.

      • Frank

        I suspect that we are on the same page in that it is about more than just a gender balance. However, the easiest way to get shot of the dreadful females in parliament is to replace them with better females. Pushing up the number of female MPs might also allow us to say goodbye to a large number of grotty male MPs.

      • callingallcomets

        …and your point is? Teaching has always been a predominantly female profession, certainly in the state sector. Women were being appointed to secondary headships in mixed schools from the late 50s….very few male staff today have any hang ups about a female boss. I taught in comprehensives for nearly 40 years…most of my female colleagues were good teachers who kept their classes in order. In fact some of the worst teachers were men who thought they could maintain discipline by being macho then came whining to me because their bluff had been called…

        • Colonel Mustard

          My point is that the ratio is unequal but there are no calls to equalise it.

          Your points – predominantly female, few hang ups about female bosses, personal experience of poor male teachers – don’t have any merit. One could make exactly the same arguments about some male dominated professions and be roundly condemned for it.

        • Colonel Mustard

          My point is that the ratio is unequal but there are no calls to equalise it.

          Your points – predominantly female, few hang ups about female bosses, personal experience of poor male teachers – don’t have any merit. One could make exactly the same arguments about some male dominated professions and be roundly condemned for it.

          I had a really bad male teacher too. Absolutely useless. He was a Labour supporter who peddled his politics in the classroom and droned on about Tory misogynists in suits harrumphing, stroking their moustaches and gripping their gins with unusual fervour. All that sort of tediously predictable, chip-shouldered crap. We all hated his guts but he thought he was so cool.

          • callingallcomets

            Astonished that you should be calling for quotas….never realised you were such a radical. Presumably you would prefer one third male, one third female and one third “other”….still it seems I hit a nerve. I suggest you toddle off to the golf course, old bean, and take it out on a golf ball

            • Colonel Mustard

              Tee-hee. I don’t think I was calling for quotas was I? Your faux astonishment is misplaced.

              And I don’t play golf. Old bean.

  • Wessex Man

    Ah but Esther McVey would have done it differently is that she’s an old fashioned blunt speaking Tory MP in the mode of the 70s and 80s and in Dave’s time it is his sort of personhe will back, hence the demise of a once major Party.

  • Jabez Foodbotham

    It wouldn’t be how any normal human being would make and apology, but then many MPs are exceptional.

  • chudsmania

    I would.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Yeah, I would, too. She’s hot, er, I mean, she’s well qualified, that is to say, she has all the necessary attributes for the position I have in mind, or, um, that is, I’m sure she could fill the job description I’m imagining… and we should just move forward with these affairs of state .. and, etc…

      • GnosticBrian

        More attractive than Jacqui Smith; the worst Home Secretary in modern times; got away with trousering £116,000 for claiming her sister’s box room was her main residence rather than the family home; and now she is Chairman of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust – all I can say is, don’t fall ill in Birmingham!

  • aurila

    stop supporting and interfering with the arts, media, and culture
    then no replacement is required

    • dado_trunking

      what ludicrous waffle – they we paid to do a job. handsomely, unlike today where 90% of Arts Council funding is spent . . . in London – you uncultured centralist ineptocrats!

      • the viceroy’s gin

        Why? You socialist nutters will waste it on windmills and waffle.

        How’s the goat, btw?

    • Samuel Kaine Wheeler

      All three of those men received what was effectively state sponsorship.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        Fair enough. You go turn up one of those, and maybe a bit of state sponsorship might be forthcoming. Until then, we can do without throwing good money at the Mapplethorpes et al.

    • GnosticBrian

      Yes, but they had talent. Can today’s Arts Grant junkies survive without state handouts?

  • Baron

    The best apology would be a simple ‘I resign’.

    • SilentHunter

      And . . . “I will pay back every penny I have embezzled from the taxpayer”.

    • telemachus

      It would have been
      Now she cannot
      Nothing to do with her
      It is Cameron now
      He cannot let the DT get its way

      • Lady Magdalene

        He also can’t afford not to.
        There are local and EU elections in 40 days time. And the DT is being far more even-handed about UKIP these days.

        • telemachus

          The local elections are small beer against Cameron’s credibility

      • @PhilKean1

        For once we are on the same side.

        We need Cameron to remain consistent and keep her for as long as possible before he is eventually forced to ask for her resignation.

        The voting public need daily reminders of just how arrogant and dictatorial today’s Liberal-left political class have become.
        .

      • GnosticBrian

        Remind me, was Baroness Udin thrown out of the Labor party after being caught (and jailed) for trousering £125,000? Millibrain can’t risk upsetting the ethnic vote?

        • telemachus

          That is garbage
          Miller’s misdemeanor is minor
          As said above this is about Cameron facing down the Telegraph

          • GnosticBrian

            A minor misdemeanor? Compared to Bomber Blair’s illegal wars, yes. But after the scandal of the previous Labour dominated Parliament, Miller has to go. I don’t think Dave is facing anyone down, I just think he has lousy judgement.

  • swatnan

    Esther is pretty and would look good in a Cabinet (or dresser). We need someone with flair to promote The Arts. Miller’s days are numbered.

    • SilentHunter

      Blimey! You’ve changed your tune in a hurry! LOL

      • swatnan

        … a week is a long time in… We still don’t know Millers side of te story; maybe she’ll tell us in her resignation letter.
        McVeigh could just be the window dressing that Dave needs to spice up his turgid Cabinet.

        • SilentHunter

          I admire the shine emanating from your brass neck, swatnan. :o)

    • Lady Magdalene

      So now Cabinet Ministers are to be chosen on the basis that “they’re pretty.”
      God help this country ………..

      • alabenn

        No more silly than choosing by quota, you still end up with 90% chance of failure, that 90% is the optimistic end of the spectrum.

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