Food critic Jay Rayner had this to say about the new government announcements.
He tweeted: “Listening to the new Tory Govt policy announcements, each more desperate than the last, I think it’s fair to say we have reached the ‘Cones Hotline’ stage of this administration.”
Michael Gove, for it is he, decided to bite and replied to Rayner, writing: “What is it about fixing unsafe buildings, giving tenants in social housing more rights, ending no fault evictions, empowering metro mayors, tackling rogue landlords, extending childcare and new schools for children with special educational needs which is “desperate”?”
Fair point from Gove well, maybe not.
Rayner wrote: “You’ve had 13 years to sort all this. Indeed, in 2016 you specifically voted against a bill that would have required landlords to make rented homes fit for human habitation. Why were dangerous homes of the sort that contributed to the death of Awaab Ishak fine by you then?”
Gove came back, writing: “The provisions in that bill are now law – indeed being strengthened under this Government. Over the last 13 years we’ve also raised school standards, extended universal free school meals, reformed agri subsidies to reward environmental goods and so much more.”