The British public do not “give a fig” that the government’s ethics adviser has resigned, Nadine Dorries has claimed.
Speaking on a phone-in on the radio station LBC, the Culture Secretary mocked Lord Geidt, repeatedly referring to him as ‘Lord Geddit’, and claimed that he frequently complained about the amount of work he had to do.
Lord Geidt resigned from his role as the government’s ethics adviser last week after stating he had been placed in an “impossible and odious position” by the Prime Minister, ostensibly over steel tariffs.
However, Lord Geidt further clarified that steel tariffs are a “distraction” from the real reason he quit, as he criticised the Government’s willingness to break international law as well as the Prime Minister’s repeated breaches of his own coronavirus restrictions.
‘The rest of the country called him Lord Geddit’
Asked who should fill Lord Geidt’s role, Ms Dorries said: “You call him Lord Geidt. I think the rest of the country had never even heard of him before and called him Lord Geddit.”
“I don’t think they give a fig who replaces him or who he was or what he did. It’s a bit of a bizarre one isn’t it? Someone who wasn’t elected who has resigned.”
“Everybody thought for 24 hours that he was going to resign over something that was going to compromise the Prime Minister, was suddenly blindsided by the fact that it was something to do with steel tariffs.”
“Lord Geddit, Lord Geidt, sorry, he complained so often about the amount of work that he had to do that I don’t think that one person can probably do the job.”
Ms Dorries personal attacks on the peer appear to run counter to the official Downing Street narrative that Lord Geidt fulfilled a “vitally important” position in advising the government on Ministerial Ethics.
Nonetheless, the Prime Minister is now said to be reviewing the job and is considering abolishing it.
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