Under the alias ‘Director General of the Russell Group’, a certain Dr Wendy Piatt has slammed the government’s policy on student visas. In a quote to the Independent, she warns: ‘as ministers crack down on abuse of the system, they must be careful about the messages they send to the world’s best and brightest students.’
Surely this cannot be the same Dr Piatt who rose through the ranks of Tony Blair’s favourite think tank, IPPR, before being seconded to the Labour team at the Department of Education in 2002? The same Dr Piatt who later became a senior Downing Street aide under the Labour government? We should be told!
Her Labour links do not end there. Mr Steerpike understands that the glamorous doctor steps out with former Labour MP Dan Norris. It’s a small world in rent-a-quote land.Tags: Immigration, Tony Blair, Universities, Wendy Piatt