Chris Grayling declares war on evidence

9th January, 2013 12:54 pm

Speaking in the House, the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling just said:

“The last Government was obsessed with pilots. Sometimes you just have to believe in something and do it.”

Yeah, what an awful Government Labour were, with their “pilot schemes” and their “evidence”, and their “trial and error”. Far better just to go with your gut Chris, and possibly make a huge, expensive, damaging national mistake. His reasoning reminds me of this, from Stephen Colbert:

  • Monkey_Bach

    These days everybody is assumed to be guilty unless proved innocent. Eeek.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.crowder2 Jim Crowder

    I thought that our attitude was that pilots couldn’t be assumed to scale up (c.f. Tory plans to get people into work etc.). When did this change, and how can I keep up?

  • MrSauce

    Following on in Alan Johnson’s sorry footsteps.
    Will ministers ever get it?
    I doubt it.

  • Pingback: The considerable virtues of shirking » 21stCenturyFix.org.uk()

Latest

  • Featured News John Healey announces he’s standing to be deputy leader

    John Healey announces he’s standing to be deputy leader

    John Healey is joining the race to become Labour’s deputy leader, making him the 7th MP to do so. Healey, who was a housing minister under Gordon Brown, made this announcement in an article in the Guardian. He said that he hadn’t planned on standing but has been “dismayed at how narrow and shallow Labour’s debate has been so far.” He also wrote: “I know I’m a late entrant when others have been up and running for some time. But […]

    Read more →
  • News Shadow Minister backs Liz Kendall to be Labour leader

    Shadow Minister backs Liz Kendall to be Labour leader

    Ivan Lewis, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has announced that he’s backing Liz Kendall to be the next Labour leader. In an article for the New Statesman, Lewis dismisses terms such as “Blairite” (a label that has been applied to Kendall) and says that although he thinks that “Tony Blair did more good than bad for Labour” neither “Liz Kendall or I believe that Labour’s route back to Government can be charted via the New Labour handbook.” He gives […]

    Read more →
  • Comment The Labour Party needs a peasants’ revolt, not a palace coup

    The Labour Party needs a peasants’ revolt, not a palace coup

    So we lost a General Election. Rather badly. I start with this uncomfortable observation as it seems already to have been brushed aside by many in the party delirious with the fever of electing a new Leader. The thinking of too many seems to be: “The previous Leader was weak or wrong on too many issues for the British electorate. All we need to do is find the right spearhead and everything will be fine”. Yet this is the most […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Labour must make the case for culture

    Labour must make the case for culture

    Over the next few weeks, for those of us in politics the hard work of another five years in opposition begins in earnest. A new programme of government legislation, a new agenda to shape and respond to, and the little matter of a leadership election to complete. But for many people outside of politics, the next few weeks are the start of a summer of UK cultural events; international music festivals such as Glastonbury and the BBC proms, a summer […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Labour’s lead among BAME people has narrowed, poll finds

    Labour’s lead among BAME people has narrowed, poll finds

    Labour remained ahead among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people (BAME) at the general election, but the Tories’ are gaining ground with BAME people, a study has found. Research carried out by Survation for British Future has showed that David Cameron was helped into No. 10 with an increased number of votes from BAME people than at the last election. Although 52% of BAME people voted Labour, 33% supported the Tories at the election. This means that the Tories received one […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit