You can read 19 more articles this month
TOBY YOUNG was the wrong person for appointment to the Office for Students board and the government’s methods of slipping him in were as bent as a clockwork orange.
Shorn of diplomatic adornment, that is the verdict from Commissioner for Public Appointments Peter Riddell, whose report details a catalogue of corruption by the Tories to get their preferred candidate onto the board of the universities regulator.
If a trade union, local authority or any other public body receiving state cash had adopted such partial procedures to subvert an appointment procedure, ministers would have been in uproar, demanding that heads should roll.
The University and College Union (UCU) is spot on to identify what the commissioner’s report unearthed as “nepotism.”
The Tories wanted at least one true believer in its failing education private market obsession on the Office for Students board and deployed “desperate measures,” as shadow energy secretary Angela Rayner says, to have their man on the inside.
Their special advisers intervened in the business of the appointments panel by holding special investigations into a candidate they didn’t fancy that were not extended to others — and especially not to their blue-eyed boy.
It was all to no avail since, for all their dodgy carry-on, Young had to fall on his sword anyway because of previously undisclosed hateful comments online.
While commissioner Riddell has contented himself with a mild recommendation that lessons should be learned, the evidence lays bare the extent of Tory corruption.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.