Theresa May is being urged to sack a Labour peer who heads the government’s infrastructure body after he damned David Davis’s negotiating approach and vowed to attempt to reverse Brexit, The Times reported.
[May told to fire Labour peer after Brexit attack, Sam Coates, The Times, 11 Sep 2017]
Lord Adonis, head of the National Infrastructure Commission, declared that “eight-year-olds have a better grasp of the power dynamics” of Brexit than Mr Davis, the secretary of state for exiting the European Union. He also set out his vision to “defeat” Brexit in an article in The Observer yesterday, a position which is incompatible with government policy.
Although the commission he chairs is independent of government, the ferocity of his personal criticism is likely to provoke a review of his position in No 10 and the Treasury.
Lord Adonis accepts that he was largely responsible for creating the “Frankenstein’s monster” system of student finance in England. As transport secretary in Gordon Brown’s government, he initiated electrification of the Great Western main line, without even bothering to establish Network Rail’s ability to deliver it. And of course, he was largely responsible for promulgating the £60 billion white elephant that is HS2.
Theresa May must be pretty desperate, to have him ‘in charge’ of planning national infrastructure.